Addictions medicine is a multi-modality approach to treating patients that struggle with patterns of behavior that do not serve them. As a naturopathic physician, I have the training to use conventional and alternative medicine to help people achieve freedom around their health. Addiction medicine utilizes nutrition, lifestyle modification, supplements, homeopathy and therapeutic counseling for moving people into healthier spaces - emotionally, physiologically, biomedically. My philosophy is to meet patients where they are at in the moment they enter the clinic and help them to achieve their medical / health goals through gentle and effect methods of treatment.
Alcohol and Cannabis
My approach is patient-centered holistic evaluation of each individual and designing a treatment plan that has achievable goals. I meet with each patient on a monthly basis for an hour and re-evaluate and modify treatment plans based on our progress. I often use meditation, online video instruction, support groups, nutrition, homeopathy and amino acids to achieve balance.
Addictive Behaviors and the Addiction Process
Any activity, substance, object, or behavior that has become the major focus of a person's life to the exclusion of other activities, or that has begun to harm the individual or others physically, mentally, or socially is considered an addictive behavior.
Behavioral addiction is a form of addiction that involves a compulsion to engage in a rewarding non-drug-related behavior – sometimes called a natural reward – despite any negative consequences to the person's physical, mental, social or financial well-being.