Medical Services for Addiction Treatment
We offer many important services for the addiction patient
- Medically Assisted Detox from Alcohol and Opiates
- Medical stabilization on buprenorphine suboxone/ subutex
- Suboxone/ subutex detox
- Medication Managment assisting patients with Alcohol and Opiate Abstinence
- Return to work and Fit for duty assesments
- Drug Testing (both onsite and confirmatory send out testing)
- Vivitrol Injections (naltrexone)
- Individual and Group Therapy
- Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Not all patients will need medications to assist in their recovery, but always insist on an experienced Addiction Medicine Physician to completely evaluate the patient to assure a comfortable and successful recovery.
At Home Detox
Most patients do well with outpatient treatment for alcohol or opiate dependence. All our practices ensure patient safety first. Even at home we carefully monitor your progress.
Home medications prescribed depend on patient’s current level of dependence and their other active health issues. While mild to moderate alcohol withdrawal can be safely treated at home with medications and supervision, severe withdrawals or delirium tremens necessitate hospitalization.
Always insist on an experienced physician to supervise your treatment. Doctor Starr is an active member in the California Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Intensive Outpatient Therapy (IOP)
Intensive Outpatient Therapy is essentially the highest level of outpatient care before partial hospitalization. An individual will typically have 3 hours a day 3 days of week of treatment. In addition,the patient can receive close medication management by a physician.
IOP care is usually recommended for those professionals needing to return to work or whose substance abuse has compromised their profession and need ongoing evaluations to return to duty.
IOP level of care is usually covered by insurance. Please contact Emily in our office to see if this is a covered benefit on your policy.
Call the office to learn more about this program.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
For clients needing a higher level or care, we offer a Partial Hospitalization Program. This is an outpatient program at least 6 hours daily 6 days a week. Clients engage in both group and individual therapy in a structured program for early recovery. Our intensive detox program can be part of this program as well.
During our NAD rotations, patients receive this level of care. This level of care is usually covered by insurance . Please call the office for further information.
Buprenorphine (Suboxone / Subutex)
Buprenorphine is a partial opiate agonist. Meaning it binds the same receptor as a full opiate such as heroin or oxycodone but stimulates the receptor less.
The benefit of this is a drug that is less stimulating to the brain and begins to let the brain secrete it’s natural endorphins. Additionally, the buprenorphine products are easier to taper, safer in case of an overdose, and less susceptible to abuse and diversion.
We support and encourage you to live your best life. Dr. Starr will work closely with you to get off suboxone as soon as possible.
We’re grateful to assist in your individual recovery program.
- Suboxone induction, maintenance and taper
- Buprenorphine tablets
- Medication Assisted Treatment
- Physician Supervised Withdrawal and Medication Management
This year we opened our infusion center. An infusion center is where a patient can comfortably receive an IV infusion of a specially formulated mixture to help heal the damage they’ve done to their cells and tissues. I believe the tissue damage is secondary to the substance abuse but it also subsequently contributes to it as those starved cells become maladaptive.
Even healthy but stressed individuals have found some of the IV therapies invigorating and energizing. Please consult doctor Starr for futher questions.
Out most frequent infusions are: Myers Stress Formula, and NAD