By the time you experience cravings or withdrawal symptoms, the substance you use has a strong grip on your brain and body. At that stage, it’s impossible or dangerous to break the habit without the support of addiction treatment provided by Betsy Serrano, PMHNP, at Cora Health Solutions in the Biltmore Corridor of Phoenix, Arizona. The practice offers medication-assisted treatment, an outpatient addiction treatment program that safely supports your detox and recovery. Book an appointment online or call Cora Health Solutions today to get the compassionate care and support you need to safely and successfully recover from an addiction.
Alcohol and many legal and illegal drugs, like opioids and stimulants, can lead to an addiction because of the way they affect your brain.
When you take these substances, your brain releases chemicals that ease pain, boost your mood, cause euphoria, or improve symptoms caused by a mental health disorder.
With ongoing use, your brain changes, and it begins to depend on the substance. Then you develop uncontrollable cravings and must take higher doses to get the same results. Eventually, you have withdrawal symptoms if you miss a dose or try to stop.
These are the signs that you have an addiction. Once an addiction develops, it’s hard (or impossible) and often dangerous to break the habit without outpatient medical care, available at Cora Health Solutions.
Your Cora Health Solutions provider follows an approach called medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT is proven to produce long-lasting results by combining medication with therapy.
Cora Health Solutions offers outpatient treatment for an addiction to alcohol and opioids. Your provider may prescribe one of several medications to stop cravings and withdrawal symptoms and help prevent a relapse during your recovery. A few examples include:
Your medical care begins by taking your first dose in the office. Then you take daily doses at home while keeping regular appointments, allowing your provider to monitor your progress and ensure you’re taking the best dose.
Many people with substance use disorder also have mental health challenges, such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. At Cora Health Solutions, you receive medication management for co-occurring mental health disorders. You can also undergo advanced therapies like ketamine infusions or Spravato® for treatment-resistant depression.
Before prescribing medications, your provider may perform GeneSight® genetic testing to determine which works best for your unique metabolism.
Medication takes care of your physical needs when breaking away from an addictive substance, but therapy teaches skills supporting a long, successful recovery.
Your provider offers brief therapy, which concentrates on specific behaviors you want to change, helps you set goals, and defines the steps to reach your goals.
If you need help with an addiction, book an appointment online or call Cora Health Solutions today.