The Center for Addiction Medicine is the first and only private medical practice in the state of Nevada dedicated specifically to the treatment and recovery of alcoholism and other drug addictions.
Breakthroughs in pharmacology now provide effective treatment of drug and alcohol addictions. Dr. Levy stays abreast of the most recent literature available on pharmaceutical treatment of addiction and other disorders.
Dr. Levy is experienced in utilizing two medications currently approved for treating alcoholism. Disulfuram, marketed as Antabuse, makes a person sick if they drink consume alcohol while taking the medication. Another prescription drug, naltrexone reduces alcohol cravings.
Additionally, Dr. Levy is licensed to prescribe Suboxone, or Subutex, for treatment of opiate addiction and often used in the treatment of addictions to prescription painkillers.
In many cases, addiction arises as a result of untreated underlying medical conditions. Substance abuse and depression are two such illnesses that often mask the symptoms of anxiety or panic disorders, making proper diagnosis difficult.
Those who suffer from some form of anxiety disorder often self-medicate. Many times, they turn to drugs or alcohol to treat the constant worry or fear that comes with anxiety and panic disorders.
A significantly high occurrence of co-morbidity occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse disorders. This overlap complicates proper psychiatric diagnosis and prolongs treatment. Doctors are often unable to diagnose the underlying anxiety disorder because symptoms are consistent with drug or alcohol use.
Dr. Levy works to discover these root illnesses that may prompt or worsen addictions. By treating underlying illnesses, he is better able to treat substance abuse and addiction.