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Dr. Edgar Henry Ballenas, MD
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
275 Sandwich Street
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Edgar Ballenas is an addiction medicine specialist in Milford, MA and Plymouth, MA. Dr. Ballenas's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Ballenas is a graduate of New York Medical College and a graduate of New York Methodist Hospital's residency program. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine
225 Water Street; Suite A140
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Dwight Smith practices addiction psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Dr. Smith attended Tufts University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Boston Medical Center and Children's Hospital Boston. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Aetna, Medicare, Tufts Health Plan, and more. 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 is a Plymouth, MA physician who specializes in addiction psychiatry and pediatric psychiatry. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Boston Medical Center for residency. He takes Medicaid and Medicare insurance. Dr. Ikeda has received professional recognition including the following: *also Specializes In Addiction Psychiatry*. Dr. Ikeda's practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Addiction Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine
225 Water Street; Suite A140
Plymouth, MA
 

Dr. Ronald Bugaoan's medical specialty is addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine. Dr. Bugaoan accepts the following insurance: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Health Plan, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. He obtained his medical school training at Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation and performed his residency at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Alejandro Mendoza practices addiction psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine in Brockton, MA and Plymouth, MA. After attending Emilio Aguinaldo College for medical school, he completed his residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, and Medicare insurance. Dr. Mendoza has received distinctions including Shore Hospital. Chief of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Plymouth and Chief Director of Division of Psychiatry, South. He is conversant in Filipino. Dr. Mendoza's hospital/clinic affiliations include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and South Shore Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. William Caruso's area of specialization is addiction medicine. Dr. Caruso 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.
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