Addictions

Addiction Psychiatry Orlando

Addiction is intense, crippling, and all-consuming, often occupying an individual’s mind, time, and focus without relief. Over time, individuals suffering from addictions find themselves isolated from their loved ones, their careers, the activities they used to enjoy, and everything in their former life. While addiction can be a tremendous challenge to surmount by yourself, it is nonetheless possible if you have professional help, guidance, and support. Our addiction psychiatrists are thoroughly experienced and have a profound understanding of the realm of addiction. We understand how the addiction process works and what the recovery journey will look like, and we are ready to support and guide you along the way. You deserve a fulfilling and happy life free of addiction. We understand that it is not a simple step to take, but once you embark on this journey to change your life, you will never look back. We find no better fulfillment than to help our patients achieve a renewed perspective on life again and to live healthily with happiness, contentment, and healed relationships.

Understanding Addiction

Most people think of alcohol or heroin dependencies when they hear the word “addiction”. However, while these are common examples of addictions, the realm of addiction actually stretches much further to include a range of other conditions. Addictions can involve substances and behaviors, involving various forms that revolve around drugs, work, to sexual intercourse. This is what makes addiction so complex, and why you will have the best chance at dealing with your addiction when you seek professional help from an experienced psychiatrist.

How We Can Help

The treatment of addiction is by no means simple. In fact, it can be a challenging and arduous journey ahead as you navigate the various stages of rehabilitation. After an addict overcomes the first stage of physical dependency, they will then have to undergo a journey of mental rehabilitation which will help to equip and prevent them from relapsing. This stage is crucial, and we always advise patients to undergo addiction counseling, which provides close support and teaches patients the tools, strategies, and mechanisms to help them identify and avoid triggers. No matter where you are with your addiction journey, we understand that every patient has a distinct experience. This is why we always take the time to understand your unique circumstances and to create personalized treatment plans that cater specifically and effectively to your needs.

Reach Out to Healing Psychiatry of Florida

Addiction is devastating, not only for the individual suffering from addiction but for their loved ones too. However, you do not have to allow addiction to rule your life and continue destroying your relationships. Reach out to our compassionate and expert team of Orlando FL psychiatrists here at Healing Psychiatry of Florida. With our safe and non-judgmental setting, you will feel accepted and supported as we support you on your journey.

Opioid Addiction: Understanding Opioid Use Disorder and Treatment Options

What is Opioid Use Disorder?

Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is a medical condition that occurs when someone uses opioids, either prescription or illegal, in a way that is harmful or causes problems. People with OUD may keep using opioids even when it causes problems with their job, finances, mental health, or relationships. They may also keep using even when they know it is risky, such as using needles when injecting drugs. OUD is a chronic disease, which means it lasts for a long time and can be difficult to treat. But people with OUD can and do recover. Treatment often includes medication and behavioral therapy. People with OUD need ongoing care and support to stay in recovery.

What is Suboxone, and How Does It Work?

Suboxone is a medication that contains two drugs: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medicine that helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone is a medicine that blocks the effects of other opioids. It is used in case of an overdose. Suboxone comes as a film that dissolves under the tongue. It is usually taken once a day. Suboxone treatment must be started while the person is still using opioids. This allows the body to adjust slowly to buprenorphine. The dose of Suboxone is increased over time until the person takes the full amount they need. Once the person takes the full dose of Suboxone, they will slowly reduce their use of other opioids. This process is called tapering. Tapering means reducing the number of opioids you are using until you are no longer using them.

Who Can Use Suboxone?

Suboxone is typically prescribed as part of a treatment plan that often includes counseling and behavioral therapy. It is most effective when used as directed by a medical professional. Suboxone is generally safe for most people, but there are some exceptions. It should not be used by pregnant women or people who are allergic to buprenorphine or naloxone. In addition, Suboxone can interact with other medications, so it is important to talk to your doctor before starting any new medication. Suboxone can be a helpful tool in the treatment of opioid addiction, but it is important to use it as directed by a medical professional.

Side Effects of Suboxone

The most common side effects of Suboxone include drowsiness, nausea, constipation, headaches, and dizziness. In some cases, it can also cause irritability, anxiety, and insomnia. In rare cases, Suboxone can lead to more serious problems like seizures and heart attacks. Because of these risks, it is important that anyone considering using Suboxone consult with their doctor or a qualified addiction specialist first.

How We Integrate Drug Screening

Each patient will be required to come into the office for monthly drug screening first 2 months. After 2 months, we will require drug screens every 60 days at the office. We will require urine drug screen in office and periodic 3rd party lab testing. For example, sometimes we will ask the patient to re-test at the outside laboratory like Quest or Labcorp more frequently if the office drug screen is inconclusive.

Clinic Policy

The provider will meet with you on a monthly bases and review your drug screen results to determine if the treatment is effective. The urine sample has to have the expected temperature, appearance of fresh urine, contain medication prescribed, and does not contain drugs that are unexpected. You will be required to come in for a random medication count upon provider request. Results that do not support effective treatment will prompt your provider to look for the cause of the unexpected result and work with you to address it. You might be required to redo drug screen within 7 days at the outside laboratory like Quest or Labcorp to reconfirm your results. If your results come back positive for illegal substances you will be required to come in every 2 weeks for closer monitoring and attend counseling sessions. Also, the provider might refer you out to rehabilitation facility to initiate detox if you fail 2 drug screens in a row.

Telemedicine Policy for Opioid Dependence treatment

Every new patient will be required to come for a in-person visit for 2 initial appointments at our office location. If the patient is stable on initiated medication treatment and drug screens are support effective treatment, the patient will be required to come in every 60 days into the office for in-person appointment and telemedicine appointments can be performed in between. The clinic will require every 30 days follow-up via telemedicine and in-person visit every 60 days.

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