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We found 4 addiction providers who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential near Pembroke Pines, FL.

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Specializes in Pediatrics, Addiction Medicine, Internal Medicine
3200 S University Drive
Davie, FL
 

Dr. Bruce Peters is an addiction medicine specialist. He is affiliated with Broward Health Medical Center. Before performing his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Dr. Peters attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Peters takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Addiction Medicine, Internal Medicine
600 N Hiatus Road; Suite 203
Pembroke Pines, FL
 

Dr. Joaquin Mendez works as an addiction medicine specialist in Pembroke Pines, FL. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Specializes in Family Medicine, Addiction Medicine
16899 Ne 15th Avenue
North Miami Beach, FL
 

Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger is a North Miami Beach, FL physician who specializes in family medicine and addiction medicine. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine
4801 S University Drive; Suite 201
Davie, FL
 

Dr. Alka Singal works as an addiction psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist in Davie, FL. Dr. Singal accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more.

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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.