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Addiction Medicine Specialist

Balanced Mental Wellness

Psychiatric Mental Health Care located in Englewood, CO

Barriers to addiction treatment include shame, stigma, and feeling a void once the substance is removed. At Balanced Mental Wellness in Englewood, Colorado, Chelsie Monroe, PMHNP-BC, Sarah Stalder, PMHNP-BC, and the team assist in safe addiction medicine treatments to obtain sobriety, and recognize that ongoing support and treating the root cause of addiction is necessary. They deliver expert medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs to restore health and happiness to those who feel trapped by their addictions. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to explore meaning beyond the substance and obtain deeper levels of connection with self and others. Call the office to find out more or book an appointment online today.

Addiction Medicine Q&A

What is addiction medicine?

Addiction medicine is an effective method of overcoming the challenge of having a drug addiction. The Balanced Mental Wellness team takes a holistic approach to addiction medicine, tailoring your rehabilitation program to suit your unique needs.

At Balanced Mental Wellness, the team uses medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs, which research shows are the most effective method of tackling drug addiction. MAT uses both medication and counseling approaches to aid your recovery. 

Your addiction medicine program could include:

  • Body-centered therapies
  • Experiential therapies
  • Supplements
  • Diet and nutrition counseling
  • Medication management
  • Functional medicine practices 
  • Group therapies and workshops
  • CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy)
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Parts work
  • Ketamine treatment 

What role does medication play in addiction medicine?

Medication plays an essential role in addiction medicine. The right drug therapies can aid the process of withdrawal, lessening the severity of the process so you're more likely to see it through.

The Balanced Mental Wellness team uses two medications as part of their addiction medicine program. Suboxone® contains buprenorphine and naloxone, while Vivitrol® contains naltrexone. Both reduce the cravings and physical dependency that make drug withdrawal so difficult.

What role does counseling play in addiction medicine?

Counseling helps by allowing you the freedom to explore the problems in your life that made you vulnerable to drug addiction. Early on in recovery, therapies that address grounding, safety, understanding your body, and subsequent feelings are the initial priority. Upon attaining deeper levels of sobriety, many feelings begin to surface and you may not know what to do with them. 

Many people with addictions have experienced unresolved traumatic events. Or you might have been under a lot of stress that you didn't know how to manage. Either way, exploring issues that affect your mental well-being can address the underlying triggers for addiction. Balanced Mental Wellness uses a trauma-centered approach to understand the root causes of addiction once levels of sobriety have been obtained. Over time, clients will learn how to discover their own intuition, wake up to themselves, and create connections within their communities without the use of substances.   

You can also benefit from the use of behavior therapy techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). These techniques enable you to manage the issues you face during the withdrawal process and afterward, like cravings. Using CBT, you can reframe your thoughts to make them more positive and avoid a relapse.

Counseling and behavior therapy work in combination with medication to optimize your prospects of successful withdrawal.

To find out more about the addiction medicine services available to you and your loved ones, call Balanced Mental Wellness today, or book an appointment online.