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Tarzana, California
Stewart Sokol
Director of Youth Services

Founded in 1972, Tarzana Treatment Centers operates ten locations to provide alcohol and drug, mental health treatment, and HIV/AIDS services for youth ages 12 to 17 and transitional age youth 18 to 23. The residential program utilizes the 12 Step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and counseling. Youth with sexual issues, those who are actively suicidal, violent tendencies and a history of or propensity for starting fires are not accepted.

Founder and President of Tarzana Treatment Centers is Scott Taylor, who prior to opening the facilities gained years of business experience as well as earning a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in 1969. Director of Youth Services, Stewart Sokol, Ph.D., has been with the program since 1999 and has been featured in Who's Who in Healthcare as well as Who's Who in the World. He has also served as the director of South Bay Free Clinic's HIV/AIDS program, an advisory board member of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Women's Healthcare Clinic, and a supervisor of the National AIDS Hotline. Tarzana Treatment Centers are fully licensed by the state of California and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organization.

The Youth Services program at Tarzana Treatment Centers includes detoxification, residential and day treatment, outpatient therapy, and an accredited on-site school for residential patients. The program includes traditional treatments like the 12 Step Alcoholics Anonymous program as well as art and recreation therapy, process groups, psychiatric services, and family therapy. The type of therapy utilized varies by patient based upon a comprehensive assessment by staff as to the individual strengths and weaknesses of the youth.

Family is strongly encouraged to be part of the program to provide support in the healing process through therapy sessions.

[This information came from the Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. website.]


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