Many families have a member who is suffering from drug dependency. If you are affected, or know someone who is, my practice may be a resource for you. The treatment we offer does NOT take the place of the full course of therapy needed to resolve the root causes of addiction, but it can make it easier for someone dependent on drugs to start getting the help that they need. With this kind of treatment, a patient may have greater success in completing a drug rehabilitation program and making a start at a new life.
What Is Involved
I am Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult, adolescent, and child psychiatry, and am very skilled when it comes to using medication in treatment.
I am licensed by the FDA to dispense Suboxone in the treatment of opiate addiction. Suboxone itself is an opiate, containing the ingredient buprenorphine, but it also contains naloxone, which guards against abuse of the drug. Suboxone is different from methadone–which is only available in treatment clinics–in that it can be prescribed by certified physicians in an office setting. Many patients, and their families, prefer the personal, private approach of an office setting as opposed to a clinic.
Suboxone, a partial opioid agonist, is very useful in humanely aiding chemically-dependent patients in detoxification. It is particularly effective with patients who are dependent upon heroin, OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, oxycodone or hydrocodone. As noted above, the use of Suboxone does not replace therapy to get at the emotional component behind a patient’s drug addiction. Pursuing the full course of addiction treatment is advised. However, it can help a patient get through those first critical days and weeks of withdrawal, allowing them to maintain abstinence from opiates. I have found Suboxone to be a highly effective treatment for opiod withdrawal and addiction.
If you would like to learn more about Suboxone treatment, please contact my office at (603) 431-5411.