It is easy to think that substance use can't affect us - until it does. Substance use disorder does not discriminate and should not be shamed or shunned. It is a disease just as much as diabetes or asthma. That is why Dr. Delaporta offers substance use disorder treatment as part of her primary care practice.
Like other chronic illnesses, there are medications available to help with substance use disorder. Opioid use disorder is the over use of or addiction to things like vicodin, percocet, oxycodone, heroin, or fentanyl. Buprenorphine-naloxone (brand name suboxone) has been well established as a very helpful part of promoting recovery for people with opioid use disorder. There are also medications that can help people with alcohol use disorder. Medications like oral or injectable naltrexone (brand name vivitrol), acamprosate (campral), and disulfiram (antabuse) have been proven helpful in recovery from alcohol overuse.
Of course, medication alone will not get someone to recovery. But having access to these medications in your primary care office, alongside a supportive physician who has experience treating people with addiction can. Together, you and your primary care doctor can decide if medication is right for you or if you need a different supportive step towards recovery.
Everyone deserves a great primary care doctor, and this is just another piece of the excellent primary care available at Direct Doctors. If you are struggling with addiction - we welcome you as our patient. Having addiction treated right alongside your primary care needs with direct access to your primary care doctor is optimal for recovery. No more long holds on the phone waiting for someone that doesn't know you and no more long waits in the waiting room. Your doctor is ready for you.
To find out how we practice primary care differently, check us out at www.directdoctors.org.
Lauren Hedde, DO; James Hedde, DO and Mark Turshen, MD are Family Physicians and Co- Founders of Direct Doctors, Inc. a Direct Primary Care Practice.