Because addiction is a brain disease, the affliction requires medical treatment like any other disease. Dr. Levy offers a range of addiction treatment options that are medically effective and individualized to the needs of a specific patient.
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.
Drug Addiction Is A Treatable Disease
As with any other disease, early detection and proper treatment provide the greatest hope for successful, long-term recovery.
- There is help
- There is hope
The Center for Addiction Medicine and the Living In Balance intensive outpatient program rely upon cognitive, behavioral and experimental treatment approaches that are specific to a patient’s needs.
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and usually covered by a patient’s health insurance plan.
The Center for Addiction Medicine provides drug detoxification in inpatient and outpatient settings.
In response to the growing trend of teenagers and adults facing addiction to prescribed opioid narcotics, Dr. Levy is now licensed to prescribe Subutex, or Suboxone, a new drug treatment for prescription narcotic dependence.
This form of detox is especially effective in treatment of addictions to such drugs as Lortab, Percocet, and the new ‘designer drug’ Oxycontin. While recent treatments for opioid addictions include utilizing a methadone regime in an inpatient facility, the introduction of Subutex allows patients to receive treatment in an outpatient setting.
The six-week intensive Living in Balance outpatient program provides treatment to adults for any chemical dependency, including prescription medications, illicit drugs and alcohol, at our facility located at 4445 So. Jones Blvd Ste 3 in south Las Vegas.
Conducted in a nonjudgmental environment, outpatient program sessions provide education about addiction, the substances of abuse, triggers, relapse prevention and various emotional components of addiction and recovery in individual and group settings.
The program helps patients learn about the drugs of abuse, treatment and recovery; acquire skills that help them deal with feelings and emotions; obtain information and skills about relapse prevention; learn practical living skills; and confront denial and other types of distorted thinking or behaviors.
The goal of the outpatient program is to give people education, information and experiences that will help them in the transition from a life of addiction to a healthy, productive life without the use of drugs or alcohol.
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.
Addiction is a disease. More precisely, it is a biopsychosocial disease. That is, the manifestation, maintenance and course of addiction are influenced by biological vulnerabilities, psychological predispositions and pervasive social factors. Addiction disease in an epidemic in the United States, and one from which no age, race or social status is immune.
However, the recognition that addiction is a disease does not mean that an addict is simply a hapless victim. Addiction begins with the voluntary behavior of using drugs, and although genetic characteristics may predispose individuals to be more of less susceptible to addiction, an addict must participate in and take some significant responsibility for his or her recovery.
Thus, having this brain disease does not absolve the addict of responsibility for his or her behavior. But it does explain why an addict cannot simply stop using drugs by sheer force of will alone.