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We found 4 addiction providers near Plainville, CT.

Dr. Surita Rao MD
Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT
(860) 679-7692; (860) 679-6700

Dr. Surita Rao is an addiction psychiatry specialist in Farmington, CT. Dr. Rao is in-network for Medicare insurance. Her training includes residency programs at St. Vincent's Hospital, Staten Island and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. In addition to English, Dr. Rao (or staff) speaks Hindi. She is professionally affiliated with John Dempsey Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Addiction psychiatry, mood and anxiety disorders

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Specializes in Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine), Addiction Medicine
102 North Street
Bristol, CT
(860) 314-2082

Dr. Karen Guadagnini is an addiction medicine specialist in Bristol, CT. Her average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Guadagnini is in-network for Medicare insurance. She graduated from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.

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Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry
55 Winthrop Street
New Britain, CT
(860) 224-8192

Dr. Margaret Chaplin is an addiction psychiatry specialist. She studied medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Addiction Psychiatry
26 Chamberlain Highway
Kensington, CT
(860) 893-0040

Dr. Gerson Sternstein sees patients in Kensington, CT. His medical specialties are addiction psychiatry, pain medicine, and addiction medicine. Patients gave Dr. Sternstein an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.

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What is Addiction?

The recreational use of alcohol or drugs can sometimes become so compulsive for a user that it causes physical changes to the body and brain. When people are addicted to a substance, they may want to stop using because of the harmful effects but are unable to do so on their own. Addiction recovery involves medical and psychological help to break free from an addiction.

There are generally three broad steps or phases of addiction recovery. First, detoxification removes the harmful substance from the body. This step can be difficult physically, depending on the substance and level of addiction, and in some cases it can even be life-threatening. Medical care and support are important to help patients through the uncomfortable side effects of detox.

The second step is treatment, which may involve several different kinds of psychotherapy and counseling, medication, or both. The most commonly used forms of therapy are cognitive-behavioral therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and motivational interview therapy. Goals of treatment generally include developing coping skills outside of substance use, identifying what caused the substance abuse in the first place, and repairing relationships. Medications such as methadone, naltrexone, or nicotine replacement help to relieve cravings and curb the physical effects of withdrawal.

The final phase of addiction recovery is maintenance or relapse prevention. Addiction is a chronic disease and treatment will be long-term. So while care at this stage may not be as frequent or intense as during the first two stages, in order to be successful, it needs to be in place.

Addiction is a very difficult disease that takes a huge toll on patients and their loved ones. Treating addiction can be challenging but also incredibly rewarding. Addiction specialists provide hope to those caught in a cycle they cannot escape without help.