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We found 5 addiction providers who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield Silver HMO near Spring Hill, FL.

Dr. Jamie Robert Smolen MD
Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry
13000 Bruce B Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL

Dr. Jamie Smolen works as an addiction psychiatrist in Gainesville, FL and Tampa, FL. His areas of expertise consist of alcohol abuse, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and family therapy services. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Smolen accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Smolen's training includes residency programs at Boston Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. He is professionally affiliated with the University of Florida Health (UF Health).

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Tonja Terrelle Johnson MD
Specializes in Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine
16057 Tampa Palms Boulevard W; #347
Tampa, FL
(813) 972-2000

Dr. Tonja Johnson's areas of specialization are addiction medicine and psychiatry; she sees patients in Lakeland, FL and Tampa, FL. She studied medicine at East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine. Dr. Johnson trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF) for residency. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health (LRH).

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Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Addiction Medicine
1010 E Busch Boulevard; Suite 103
Tampa, FL
(813) 935-7987

Dr. Rao Gudapati sees patients in Tampa, FL. His medical specialties are adult cardiology and addiction medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, MyBlue, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Gudapati studied medicine at Andhra Medical College.

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Dr. Jayendra Chamanlal Choksi MD
Specializes in Addiction Medicine, Psychiatry
2630 W Waters Avenue
Tampa, FL
(813) 930-9310

Dr. Jayendra Choksi practices addiction medicine and psychiatry. He graduated from Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and B.J. Medical College. In his practice, he is particularly interested in attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). Patient ratings for Dr. Choksi average 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Choksi (or staff) speaks Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Attention Deficit Disorder

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Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry
16554 N Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL
(813) 968-7188

Dr. Michael Sheehan is an addiction psychiatrist. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sheehan accepts. He has received the distinction of Florida Super Doctors 2009 - Gulf Coast Edition.

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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.