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We found 4 addiction providers near Plymouth, MA.

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Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine
59 Samoset Street
Plymouth, MA

Dr. Dwight Smith is an addiction psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine specialist in Plymouth, MA. He attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Boston Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Smith has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Aetna, Medicare, and Tufts Health Plan are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Smith accepts. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry, Pediatric Psychiatry
64 Industrial Park Road
Plymouth, MA

Dr. Stephen Ikeda's areas of specialization are addiction psychiatry and pediatric psychiatry. Dr. Ikeda's education and training includes medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine and residency at Boston Medical Center. He accepts the following insurance: Medicaid and Medicare. He has received the distinction of *also Specializes In Addiction Psychiatry*. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Ikeda's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine
275 Sandwich Street
Plymouth, MA

Dr. Alejandro Mendoza is a specialist in addiction psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine. He works in Brockton, MA and Plymouth, MA. He is conversant in Filipino. Dr. Mendoza is affiliated with South Shore Hospital. He studied medicine at Emilio Aguinaldo College. Dr. Mendoza trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital for residency. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chief Director of Division of Psychiatry, South; Shore Hospital.; and Chief of Psychiatry, Jordan Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine
8 Winthrop Avenue; Po 1153
Duxbury, MA

Dr. William Caruso is a physician who specializes in addiction medicine. He attended medical school at New York Medical College.

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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.