"One of the biggest problems with opiate addiction is that it’s very hard to stay clean and sober," said Dr. Ross, "and the reason is because opiate addiction, just like all addictions, is a brain disease."
Denver, CO (PRWEB) December 11, 2013
Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross, MD MPH, is an Integrative Medicine physician with an office in Denver, CO, is one of the few doctors in Denver to now offer Suboxone treatment to help clients overcome opioid addiction. Dr. Ross also treats other addictions including alcoholism and food addiction.
Overcoming opioid addiction - which is a chemical dependence on prescription painkillers like oxycodone or narcotics like heroin - isn’t easy, but working with an addiction therapist and pairing it with the prescription medication Suboxone can certainly help. The drug addiction treatment process with Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross in Denver, CO, may include a combination of therapy and medication.
It’s important to work with an addiction therapist because in addition to being an addiction medication specialist, Dr. Ross works with her clients with addiction therapy to uncover the underlying causes or contributing factors of their addiction to alcohol or opiates.
"The use of prescription pain pills has skyrocketed in the U.S., and the typical opiate addict today is not the same as the one imagined from seeing movies in the past," said Dr. Ross. "Today’s opiate addicts come from all walks of life and all ages. They may be housewives, students, or corporate executives."
While Dr. Carolyn Ross is a medical doctor who attended the University of Michigan Medical School, her approach is different from a traditional doctor in that she aims to treat the whole person rather than just one issue or symptom they may be experiencing.
"One of the biggest problems with opiate addiction is that it’s very hard to stay clean and sober," said Dr. Ross, "and the reason is because opiate addiction, just like all addictions, is a brain disease. And we aren’t used to helping the brain heal in conventional medicine."
When the brain has been exposed to opiates it depletes all of the feel-good chemicals in what is known as the "dopamine reward center", so even if an individual stops using opiates, they may not feel normal, perhaps even feel depressed, and they experience cravings. Combined with addiction therapy, Dr. Ross is able to now prescribe the medication Suboxone, which offers help to opiate addicts. Basically, Suboxone gives opiate addicts a period of time where they are free of drug cravings and can focus instead on rebuilding healthy aspects of their lives.
While Suboxone is a prescription medication, Dr. Ross does not offer it to a patient once and they’re done. Dr. Ross emphasizes her whole person approach to the treatment of addiction so she can help patients develop skills to deal with the stresses of life instead of using drugs.
Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross is a board certified Addiction Medicine specialist and Suboxone doctor who specializes in opioid addiction treatment, eating disorders, weight management therapy, and alcohol addiction treatment. From her office in Denver, Dr. Ross uses both conventional therapies for addictions in addition to natural remedies including dietary supplements, nutritional therapies and amino acids.
To find out more about Dr. Ross and the alcohol and drug addiction treatments she now offers from her office in Denver, CO, particularly the Suboxone medication and opioid addiction treatment, call her office at 303-355-2445 or visit her website at http://CarolynRossMD.com.