What To Expect When Seeing an Addiction Medicine Specialist

An addiction medicine specialist is a doctor who treats individuals struggling with various types of use disorders, whether it is the use of substances or compulsive behaviors. Most common substance use disorders (SUDs) include alcohol, nicotine, and prescription, or illicit drugs. Common compulsive disorders include food, gambling, shopping, and internet overuse. These compulsive behaviors turn on one's own powerful internal pharmacy and have the same effect as exogenous substances when it comes to releasing neurotransmitters, bringing about relief, or contributing to withdrawal.

Dr. Sepideh Moayed, a board-certified addiction medicine specialist at Preventative Medicine Inc. in San Jose, CA, develops personalized treatment plans designed to help individuals recover from addiction and revitalize their health and wellness so they can feel their best. She uses Functional Medicine to look for root causes of one's physical, mental, and emotional imbalances. She uses conventional allopathic medicine, and contributions of epigenetics/epigenomics to help her patients regain their physical health, recover their mental agency, and continuously strive for and maintain emotional balance.

How an Addiction Specialist Can Help

Dr. Moayed, the experienced addiction medicine specialist at our San Jose, CA, preventative medicine office, treats individuals dealing with different types of addictions, including:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Sugar
  • Gambling
  • Shopping
  • Internet overuse
  • Codependency

Dr. Moayed believes that an important component of treating addiction is identifying its root cause(s). Many diverse factors can play a role in the development of an addiction. Identifying these contributing factors makes it possible to address them, which can aid in a successful and lasting recovery. The doctor helps each patient uncover and deal with the different biopsychosocial factors that have played a role in their addiction.

Addiction Medicine Treatments

One of the things you can expect when working with our skilled and caring addiction medicine specialist is that the treatment plan developed for you will be tailored to your specific needs with the goal of helping you achieve optimal health and wellness. Special care and diagnostic workup will ensure thorough diagnosis and the most effective treatments appropriate for your stage of healing/recovery. Different stages include acute, subacute, and long-term recovery. Each stage has its nuanced variables that need fine-tuning to ascertain you continue to thrive-regardless of the challenges and difficulties in your life.

A diverse range of addiction medicine treatments, techniques, and therapies can be used to help you succeed. Our addiction medicine treatments highlight the significance of:

  • Role and contribution of your individualized genetics/epigenetics
  • Identifying and strengthening fundamental contributors of health¬†
  • Minimizing chronic disease manifestation/phenotypes by bringing balance to the whole person
  • Minimizing side effects of currently prescribed medications

Reducing the dosage and at times the need for certain prescription medications 

  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Meditation and guided imagery
  • Stress management exercises
  • Support groups and family meetings
  • Lifestyle changes and behavior modifications
  • Pharmaceuticals to mitigate withdrawal symptoms or reduce cravings
  • Physical activity
  • Optimized sleep

If you are struggling with an addiction of any kind, our board-certified addiction medicine specialist can help. Dr. Sepideh Moayed will identify and treat the root causes, as well as develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve lasting success. To schedule an appointment with our addiction medicine specialist, call Preventative Medicine Inc. in San Jose, CA, at (408) 992-5141.

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