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

Dr. Stephen Ikeda is an addiction psychiatrist and pediatric psychiatrist in Plymouth, MA. Dr. Ikeda graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Boston Medical Center. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. He has received the distinction of *also Specializes In Addiction Psychiatry*. Dr. Ikeda has an open panel.

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

Dr. Dwight Smith specializes in addiction psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine and practices in Plymouth, MA. He is rated highly by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Aetna, Medicare, Tufts Health Plan, and more. Before completing his residency at Boston Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston, Dr. Smith attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. Unfortunately, he is not currently accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Alejandro Mendoza is an addiction psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine specialist in Brockton, MA and Plymouth, MA. Dr. Mendoza takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. He graduated from Emilio Aguinaldo College and then he performed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has received distinctions including Chief Director of Division of Psychiatry, South; Shore Hospital.; and Chief of Psychiatry, Jordan Hospital. He speaks Filipino. He is professionally affiliated with South Shore Hospital. Dr. Mendoza welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. William Caruso specializes in addiction medicine and practices in Duxbury, MA. He is a graduate of 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.
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