Addictions

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I am sub-specialty trained in addiction psychiatry.  This means that I am an expert in helping individuals overcome addictions to substances including alcohol, opioids, sedatives,  stimulants and marijuana.  I am particularly attentive to the interaction between addictions and co-occurring conditions, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, ADHD, and chronic pain.

I help my patients choose the safest and most comfortable treatment that suits their life circumstances.  Addiction is a complex, neurobiologically-based phenomenon that can impact multiple levels of functioning: physical, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational, economic and legal.  My treatment approach begins with assessing the entire person, including his or her environment.  I strive to take a non-judgmental stance, since I know that addiction is not a moral failing, but rather a set of learned behaviors and experiences that individuals who want to change can overcome.  The key to this change is a therapeutic relationship grounded in understanding and compassion.

I specialize in state-of-the-art, scientifically proven psychotherapies for addiction, including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy and twelve-step facilitation.  I can also prescribe medications to help individuals comfortably initiate abstinence and prevent relapse, including Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) and Vivitrol (injectible naltrexone).  For appropriate patients, I offer outpatient detoxification from alcohol, opioids and sedatives.

I provide personalized treatment in a comfortable, private setting.  This is different from the majority of clinic- and hospital-based programs, where group therapy is the norm.  I facilitate participation in groups and twelve-step programs when it makes sense as part of an individually-tailored treatment plan.  I can also provide referrals to a number of high-quality ouptatient, inpatient and residential treatment programs, if there is a need.

© Nasir H. Naqvi, M.D., Ph.D., Psychiatrist, P.L.L.C., 2013