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Rodney King – Alcoholic Death can be Sudden

by James Heller 20. June 2012 09:34
Rodney King has spoken about his alcoholism and drug abuse issues for a few years.  He has appeared on many TV and radio programs, including Celebrity Rehab, and we’ve seen him publicly go between sobriety and relapse a few times.  We are going to bypass what made Mr. King a household name.  We will instead discuss how alcoholism plagued him, and what can prevent future tragic losses.

When King had a lot of money, he tried expensive rehabs.  But the treatment didn’t help.  He tried to publicly go through addiction treatment on television, which looked somewhat promising for a while.  But he was dealing with alcohol-related legal issues a few months later.  King was like most alcoholics who never achieve long-term sobriety.  Sadly, the death toll is very high.  

If Rodney King died by accidentally drowning in a pool while he was drunk, then it highlights the urgency with which alcoholics should seek help.  Any delay can lead to a sudden and tragic loss.  It is difficult to sugar coat these things, so we prefer to state it clearly.  Alcoholics too often say “That won’t be me”, only to be taking a final breath the next day, filled with regret.  

Alcoholics who drink heavily to cover deep-seated emotions usually have trouble focusing in treatment.  The urge to drink is great due to alcohol cravings.  So craving reduction may help them to achieve long-term recovery.  One effective tool for this is Vivitrol, which is a monthly injection of Naltrexone.  Vivitrol removes the distraction of cravings so patients can explore core feelings in alcohol treatment.

Tarzana Treatment Centers is a Vivitrol provider and has seen some amazing results.  Success stories cross all social, gender, and age lines.  Some of our mental health treatment patients have been on Vivitrol treatment and sober for several months, where they previously struggled achieving only weeks of sobriety.  In addition to being safer from accidents, our Vivitrol clients have reported that they get more out of treatment when cravings are out of the way.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles provides a full array of health care services including adult and youth alcohol and drug treatment.  We specialize in treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, and have two primary medical care clinics in the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley.  If you or a loved one needs help with alcohol dependencedrug addiction, or co-occurring mental health disorders, please call us now at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

Telemedicine services are also available with online medical care, online mental health treatment, and online alcohol and drug treatment.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.