Our Addiction Therapy Philosophy
At White Lake Family Medicine we pride ourselves in treating those that suffer from tolerance, dependency, substance use disorders and addiction. We treat the entire range from alcohol and all medication use disorders. White Lake Family Medicine has all certified providers which are members of the Michigan Society Of Addiction Medicine (MSAM), and the American Society Of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Leszkowitz is truly the only osteopathic family physician with recognized Osteopathic Board Certification in Addiction Medicine in Oakland County. He is also board certified by the Society of the American Board Of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Dr. Leszkowitz is just one of 4 mentors to other physicians in the state of Michigan. He has lectured and gives the Addiction Physicans Certification course to other Michigan physicians. This is through PCSS (Provider Clinical Support System, in conjunction with the American Board Of Addiction Psychiatry) Chacokayka Chipawe NP-C and Dr. Leszkowitz have one of the best success rates in treating those that suffer this terrible disease. We use all forms of treatment. This includes MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment), two different types of monthly injections, 6 month medication implant in addition to the daily medication. White Lake Family Medicine offers emotional, behavioral and mental health therapy together with treatment of alcohol and addiction. Chacka Chipawe NP-C has become the first provider in his class in Oakland County to successfully insert the Probuphine 6 month buprenorphine (Suboxone) implant. White Lake Family Medicine treats all including adolescents, adults and seniors. We answer phones 24/7/365, NEVER judge and take all those who come before us. All we ask is please come, we will always be here to help you.
What Is Addiction
Addiction is a chronic disease that affects both the body and brain. You can become addicted to drugs or alcohol. It isn’t a criminal or behavioral condition, but a primary disease that affects the brain’s reward circuitry, leading to impulse control issues and altered judgement. Like other chronic illnesses, it’s a condition that may lead to remission and relapse, and it requires ongoing medical care and management.
Without proper treatment, addiction can lead to other health issues or an early death.
Symptoms of Addiction
Symptoms of addiction vary in severity and type. Common symptoms that may indicate you or your loved one is suffering from an addiction include:
- Intense urges to use the drug
- Need to use the drug every day in increasingly larger amounts
- Going to great lengths to ensure access or adequate supply of the drug
- Avoiding social situations
- Not meeting work or family responsibilities
- Not being able to stop using the drug despite your best efforts.
Many people drink alcohol to unwind, celebrate, or to be social. However, some of those people have a difficult time controlling the amount of alcohol they consume. Over time, excessive alcohol consumption leads to alcohol dependence that causes withdrawal symptoms when you don’t consume alcohol, such as:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Increase in blood pressure
In severe cases, alcohol dependence can cause seizures.
Alcohol dependence can affect many aspects of your life, from work to home. But there is help. Dr. Leszkowitz provides medical treatment to manage the withdrawal symptoms and suppress the cravings, so you can stop drinking and take back control of your life.
Our Provides offers an addiction program for patients with an alcohol abuse problem or for those who have successfully completed a recovery or detox program for opioid dependence, using Vivitrol®. This medication is a monthly injection that helps reduce cravings and prevents relapse. Before starting Vivitrol, you must be opioid-free for a minimum of 7-14 days.
For patients with an active opiate problem,= We provide supervised buprenorphine, which helps reduce your use and eventually stop opiate use altogether. He also offers Suboxone® for the treatment of opioid dependence.
In addition to the medication to help you during your recovery, we will also helps you manage withdrawal symptoms, provides you with much needed medical support, and gets you the counseling you need to understand your addiction and how you can manage it.
Addiction is a disease that requires medical management. White Lake addiction specialists offer medication, counseling, and support. For management of your addiction, call today, or book an appointment online.
Disorders We Can Help Treat
- Opioid Use
- Heroin Use
- Fentanyl Use
- Alcohol Use
- Benzodiazepine Dependency
- Amphetamine and Adderall Use
- Neurontin and Gabapentin Dependency
- Kratum and Vape Dependency
- Smoking and Nicotine Dependency
Treatments We Use
- Buprenorphine (Suboxone) Injection
- Probuphene Six Month Buprenorphine (Suboxone) Implant
- Vivitrol – Monthly Non Opioid Injection
- Medications for Cravings, Withdrawls, Insomnia, Anxiety and Depression