A recent New York Times article profiled Dr. Mark Willenbring, an addcition psychiatrist who is successfully treating alcohol addiction and substance abuse with a science-based approach that focuses on treating the biological and behavioral aspects of addiction.
Based on studies that show that 60% of addiction is based on a person’s genetic makeup, Dr. Willenbring treats addiction like a chronic condition with an innovative approach similar to what we practice here at Recovery Options.
His treatment plans can involve antidepressants; medication for anxiety, A.D.H.D. and chronic pain; anti-relapse medications; psychotherapy; and family training. Patients may come for a single consultation, or be treated for years.
Personalized, science-based recovery treatment
As the director of treatment research at the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism from 2004 to 2009, Dr. Willenbring had access to the latest research linking medication and behavioral therapies with recovery.
Dr. Willenbring argues that we should be treating addiction with a combination of therapies including medication, to reduce drug or alcohol cravings; behavioral therapies, to help clients understand why they crave alcohol or drugs; and counseling, to help clients prevent relapse and cope with underlying conditions such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD.
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