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Addiction Medicine Specialist

Jivana Care -  - Family Medicine

Jivana Care

Family Medicine located in Bethesda, MD

Breaking the cycle of addiction can feel impossible without the right support. At Jivana Care in Bethesda, Maryland, family medicine specialists Melinda Jorge, MD, Gezzer Ortega, MD, and the team provide comprehensive treatment for addiction. Addiction permeates every aspect of your life, whether you struggle with opioid dependence or alcoholism. To schedule an appointment with the addiction medicine physicians at Jivana Care, call the office or book online today.

Addiction Medicine Q&A

What is addiction medicine?

Addiction medicine is a health care specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, management, and treatment of drug and alcohol dependence. The goal of addiction medicine is to ensure patients recover from addiction without relapsing.

Whether you or a loved one is misusing prescription medications like opioids, using illegal drugs, or abusing alcohol, addiction can feel too overwhelming to overcome on your own.

Who needs addiction medicine?

Addiction is a complex condition that affects nearly every aspect of your life. It causes intense urges and cravings that feel all-consuming. Addiction can impact your ability to perform at work or school, maintain relationships, or even complete daily tasks. Over time, addiction can even cause changes to your personality and behaviors.

Common symptoms and signs of addiction include:

  • Risky behavior
  • Increased tolerance to a substance
  • Pulling away from friends and family
  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Difficulty completing routine chores and tasks
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of control

If you’ve experienced failed attempts to stop using drugs or alcohol on your own, treatment at Jivana Care can help you overcome addiction.

What does addiction treatment involve?

Addiction requires a multistep approach to care that involves a combination of therapy and counseling, as well as a detox period. Withdrawing from an addicting substance is a mental and physical challenge, particularly when you’re recovering from opioid dependence.

Detoxing from opioids can cause several uncomfortable symptoms that can impair your recovery progress, such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Increased sweating
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia

In some cases, these withdrawal symptoms can be a life-threatening shock to your system.

For those suffering from opioid dependency, Jivana Care offers Suboxone®. Treatment with this addiction medicine significantly reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal to help you move past the detox phase of recovery. Without Suboxone, many patients return to opioids to relieve their uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

By diminishing these symptoms, Suboxone helps prevent your chances of relapsing. Jivana Care offers Suboxone under the supervision of a trained physician to ensure your treatment is as comfortable and effective as possible.

To learn more about addiction medicine, call Jivana Care or schedule an appointment online today.