Addiction Medicine Specialist

Unite Recovery

Addiction Medicine & Telehealth located in College Corner, OH

Addiction is a chronic disease that usually requires long-term medical treatment. At Unite Recovery in College Corner, Ohio, board-certified addiction medicine specialist Carlene Westfall, MD, uses evidence-based methods to treat addiction symptoms and underlying causes. To learn more about addiction medicine, call Unite Recovery or schedule an appointment online today.

Addiction Medicine Q & A

What is addiction medicine?

Addiction is a medical specialty that focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating addiction in individuals of all ages. As an addiction medicine specialist, Dr. Westfall and her staff feel passionate about providing a safe and welcoming environment to anyone seeking addiction advice or treatment. This includes all races, genders, and religions.

What is included in addiction medicine?

Dr. Westfall uses a scientific, multimodality approach to treat addiction. Some of the most effective services she offers at Unite Recovery include:

Substance abuse evaluation

A substance abuse evaluation is a thorough assessment to identify the cause and severity of an addiction. This clinical evaluation can help you recognize the role of addiction in your eyes, so you can move forward with the appropriate treatment plan.

Medication-assisted treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) includes symptom-relieving medication in your treatment plan to reduce the effects of withdrawal. At Unite Recovery, Dr. Westfall offers Suboxone® MAT to relieve withdrawal symptoms in patients addicted to opioids and alcohol.

Co-current mental health disorder assessment

Individuals struggling with mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder, often turn toward alcohol or drugs to temporarily minimize the symptoms of their undiagnosed condition. If you have an underlying mental health condition, addressing its cause may also help treat your addiction.

Addiction counseling

Addiction counseling refers to any form of individual or group therapy to help you move forward from substance abuse. Psychotherapy techniques, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), strive to identify negative thoughts and behaviors to help you develop more helpful coping strategies.

Which substance abuse disorders can addiction medicine treat?

Addiction medicine can help treat a wide range of substance abuse disorders, including addiction to:

  • Prescription opioids (OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Fentanyl®, morphine, etc.)
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Nicotine (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes, cigars, etc.)
  • Benzodiazepines (Valium®, Xanax, Klonopin®, etc.)

No matter your addiction, Dr. Westfall and her team place high importance on getting to know you and your history, concerns, and treatment goals. They ensure you understand your diagnosis to make fully informed decisions regarding your addiction treatment. 

Dr. Westfall and her dedicated staff have the training, experience, and compassion to help you get the life you want after addiction. 

To learn more about addiction medicine, call Unite Recovery or schedule an appointment online today.