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Dr. Jeffrey T Shelton, MD
Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry
440 N Main Street, Suite C; Upper Level
Bristol, CT

Dr. Jeffrey Shelton's specialty is addiction psychiatry. Dr. Shelton's average rating from his patients is 2.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. He obtained his medical school training at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Yale University. He is affiliated with Middlesex Hospital.

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Dr. Surita Rao, MD
Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT

Dr. Surita Rao sees patients in Farmington, CT. Her medical specialty is addiction psychiatry. She honors Medicare insurance. She is professionally affiliated with UConn Health. Dr. Rao's practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry
55 Winthrop Street
New Britain, CT

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

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Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry, Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine
26 Chamberlain Highway
Kensington, CT

Dr. Gerson Sternstein is an addiction psychiatry, pain medicine, and addiction medicine specialist in Kensington, CT. His average patient rating is 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.
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