Addiction Medicine in Hollywood, FL
Addiction medicine (ADM) is a medical specialty that diagnoses, prevents, evaluates, and treats patients struggling with mood disorders or substance-related dependency. Mood disorders and substance abuse are preventable health conditions, and addiction medicine can help lessen or eliminate these issues for many patients.
The Medical Center of Hollywood offers addiction medicine treatment for patients over the age of 17. These treatments are designed to lessen the emotional side effects of mood disorders or reduce cravings for those battling substance addiction.
If you can benefit from addiction medicine, contact Dr. Awan at the Medical Center of Hollywood by calling (954) 889-0211 to set up a consultation.
Who Can Benefit From Addiction Medicine?
Whether you are struggling with a mood disorder or suffering opioid dependency, addiction medicine can help. Addiction medicine is used to treat a host of complications in a safe and addiction-free manner.
Major depression is a mood disorder that is characterized by persistent sadness or worry. This disorder changes the way the brain functions and can interfere with energy level, concentration, sleep, appetite, behavior, or self-esteem.
Depression can lead to a loss of interest in activities or can even lead to thoughts of suicide.
Bipolar depression is a type of depression that involves uncontrollable mood swings that range from depressive lows to manic highs. This chronic mood disorder can interfere with a person’s day-to-day activities and can even lead to suicidal thoughts.
Symptoms of depressive episodes include low energy, loss of interest, increased need for sleep, and feelings of sadness, worry, and emptiness.
Symptoms of manic episodes include high energy, reduced need for sleep, euphoria, hyperactivity, and loss of touch with reality.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages, at any stage in their life. This disorder is characterized by the repeated cycles of obsessions and compulsions that interfere with everyday activities.
Obsessions are intrusive thoughts or urges that generate distressing and unwanted feelings. Compulsions are repeated behaviors that temporarily decrease this distress.
While some degree of obsessions and compulsions are natural, severe OCD can disrupt and negatively affect a person’s life.
Anxiety is your body’s natural stress response. This disorder is characterized by intense and persistent fear or worry that can interfere with your everyday activities.
Symptoms of anxiety include rapid breathing, fast heart rate, sweating, and a tired feeling.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a disorder that develops after a person experiences or witnesses a terrifying or traumatic event. PTSD triggers can last for months or years, and bring back negative memories and emotions of the event.
Symptoms of PTSD include unwanted memories, nightmares, anxiety, depression, heightened reactions, and avoidance of situations that may cause triggers.
Suicidal thoughts develop as a response to pressure or tension and can be the result of depression, bipolar depression, or PTSD. Suicidal thoughts include thinking about or planning to take your own life.
What Are My Addiction Medicine Treatment Options?
Over recent years, Ketamine has displayed promising results for the treatment of major depression, bipolar depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, suicidal thoughts, and dependency. Ketamine is delivered intravenously (IV), and rapidly reduces the symptoms of mood disorders as it provides an antidepressant effect and stimulates new connections in the brain.
Most patients undergo a series of IV Ketamine treatments initially and come back for a booster infusion periodically. Excellent results have been seen with IV Ketamine infusions.
Suboxone is a non-addictive medication used for opioid addiction, including heroin and prescribed painkillers.
This medication does not stay in the body, cannot cause an overdose, and can be tapered off at the comfort and safety of the patient.
Why Should I Choose the Medical Center of Hollywood?
The Medical Center of Hollywood utilizes integrative medicine (IM) for patients in Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale. IM is healing-oriented medicine that addresses the patient as a whole. Every aspect of the patient, including lifestyle habits, are taken into account. At the Medical Center of Hollywood, your treatment will be personalized to better your physical and emotional health.
What Is an Addiction Specialist?
Dr. Liliana M. Awan is a board-certified addiction specialist and family medicine physician. She is certified by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for polysubstance abuse detoxification. These certifications provide Dr. Awan with the highest prescriber license possible. With over 20 years of experience, she has the experience and knowledge to provide her patients with comprehensive treatment for addiction and substance-related disorders.
Are You Ready to Take the Next Step?
If major depression, bipolar depression, OCD, PTSD, anxiety, or opioid dependence is negatively affecting your everyday life, addiction medicine can help set you on the right path. Dr. Awan is an addiction specialist who serves patients in Hollywood, Hallandale, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, and Aventura. If you are interested in learning more or you think you might benefit from IV Ketamine or Suboxone treatments, contact the Medical Center of Hollywood by filling out our online contact form.