I have devoted my career to the treatment of Addiction. It is my passion, it's what I love to do and I've done it for over 13 years, five days a week, seeing real people just like you. I've seen success and I've seen failure, and I have intelligent opinions about what works to get you better. I was certified via examination by the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2006, and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2009. There are not many physicians in the world that have this combination of hands on clinical experience plus scientific knowledge of addiction. Addiction Medicine is a hugely important but relatively small and young medical specialty. There are some very competent providers, but the majority of doctors who claim to treat addiction are not competent to do so. They lack appropriate clinical experience and scientific understanding of addiction. The majority of doctors prescribing buprenorphine (trade name Suboxone, Zubsolv, Bunavail) are not Board Certified in Addiction and do not have enough knowledge about addiction to have an intelligent opinion about treatment. Many are motivated more by financial gain than patient outcomes. Whether your goal is medication assisted treatment or an abstinence based model of recovery, I will offer appropriate guidance in terms of medical therapy and behavioral change. I have a full time therapist on site in my Royal Oak office to provide one-on-one and group psychological therapy.
I have one goal for all of my addiction patients; to be successful recovering people. I define success in two parts. One is continuous, uninterrupted, longterm abstinence from mood and mind altering drugs. Two is to be happy (not anxious, nervous, or depressed) while doing so. Success in recovery means breaking the routine of putting bad things in our body which is a great start but for most of us it does not seem to be enough; we need to learn how to make reliable choices in all aspects of life to produce a sense of happiness. You can be a successful recovering person, I can provide you with legitimate guidance to help get you there.