Addiction occurs when a person comes to depend on a substance – such as drugs or alcohol – and regularly overuses it. There is a stigma around addiction that often prevents people from getting proper help. Embarrassment, humiliation, despair – these are often daily feelings for people struggling with addiction. But developing an addiction is easier than we think and, contrary to popular misconception, it has nothing to do with a strong will (or the lack thereof).
If you are currently looking for ways to fight your addiction, you have come to the right place. Our detox clinic in Brooksville is a place where you can detoxify your body in a safe and comfortable environment. This is a judgment-free zone, so you can forget about the shame and focus solely on your healing.
In our detox clinic in Hernando County, we work with patients with alcohol and/or opioid addiction. We believe that each patient is different, so we take an individualized approach to each and every person visiting our practice. Dr. Eyad Alsabbagh, as a Board Certified Interventional Pain Management Physician, is experienced in the field of pain management and addiction.
Our detox clinic in Brooksville is equipped with the necessary facilities and staff to treat people who are suffering from addiction.
What is a detox clinic? How is our detox clinic in Brooksville different from other clinics?
The first step in treating addiction is detox (detoxification) of the body.
Detox is short for detoxification and is defined as:
- a program or facility for assisting a person undergoing detoxification from an intoxicating or addictive substance (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
It is very important to go through this process in a proper environment, such as a detox clinic, because the patient will have to face withdrawal. The severity of withdrawal symptoms depends on the patient, but it’s best to go through the process under the supervision of a physician.
In our facility, our patients’ health and well-being is the biggest priority. The staff and the clinic work together with the patient to try to free them from their addiction. We provide a safe and comfortable environment to allow patients maximum privacy.
Detox Clinic Brooksville – How do we cure people of their addiction?
As mentioned previously, we treat each patient individually. The methods used to cure addiction depend on the patient and the type of addiction. Different approaches are used for opioid addiction vs. alcohol addiction:
Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Depending on the severity of the addiction, benzodiazepines may be used to help reduce the withdrawal symptoms. ‘Delirium tremens’ is a severe form of withdrawal which is associated with symptoms such as seizures, anxiety, mental confusion, and hallucinations. If used, medications such as benzodiazepines are part of a larger, holistic treatment plan which addresses both the mind and the body.
Opioid Addiction Treatment
The FDA has approved several medications which can be used to aid in the treatment of drug addiction, including suboxone. Using medications such as suboxone is just one part of drug addiction treatment. Medications are part of a bigger, holistic treatment plan, addressing both the mind and the body.
What is suboxone?
Suboxone is a mix of buprenorphine and naloxone. It is used in the treatment of opioid addiction. In cases of severe addiction, the use of suboxone can greatly help relieve the addiction of opioids while lessening the withdrawal symptoms. When taken as prescribed, suboxone can be a very effective method of treating addiction, BUT when used in treating the opioid addiction, it must be used under supervision of a doctor. Buprenorphine was approved for medical use in the United States in 1981. In 2012, 9.3 million prescriptions for the medication were written in the United States1.
A WORD FROM DR. ALSABBAGH ABOUT ADDICTION
“The challenge of treating patients with addiction is to differentiate between addiction or dependency and pseudo-addiction, which requires a totally different approach and different strategy. Patients are often in a position where no one believes them that they are in pain, and subsequently even consider illegal medications to control pain. We have to go to the root cause, explore their history through an exam, not simply relying on other doctors’ diagnoses. I probably see it weekly now when I treat patients. As a practicing physician for many years, when looking for possible causes of pain, I see how patients are often using illegal drugs, or even making multiple ER visits or over-using their pain medications, to control pain, which results in them being labeled as “addicts”.
Addiction is an illness. Once the substance of dependence hijacks the brain, it’s very difficult to put an end to it, even if we really want to. Addiction makes permanent alterations to the brain, corrupting the instincts responsible for recognizing pleasure and pain. That’s why it’s so difficult to beat, especially on your own. You’re simply no longer able to recognize the dangers of the substance you’re addicted to. Fighting your addiction by yourself can be very difficult. Don’t be afraid to look for professional help. Our Detox Clinic in Brooksville is highly effective at helping patients take on their dependence and get back to normal life. You can become one of them – all you need to do is contact us and let us help you get through this.
PAIN MANAGEMENT BROOKSVILLE – ABOUT PAIN MANAGEMENT & SPINE CARE
Pain Management & Spine Care’s Medical Director, Dr. Eyad Alsabbagh, is a fellowship-trained Interventional Pain Medicine physician, trained and educated to provide the highest quality of service to patients suffering from multiple conditions, including narcotics addiction and back pain. He utilizes state-of-the-art technology at his Detox Clinic in Hernando County. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about our clinic, contact us.