Addiction Medicine Specialist

Oasys Preventive Health Services -  - Holistic Medicine

Oasys Preventive Health Services

Holistic Medicine & Addiction Medicine located in Aurora, CO

Addiction is prevalent in the United States, affecting more than 20 million people, and is a disease that requires medical management for recovery. Jacqueline D. Howard, MD, MBA, at Oasys Preventive Health Services in Denver is an addiction medicine specialist who provides the compassionate care you need to help recover from your addiction. To schedule a consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Addiction Medicine Q & A

What is addiction medicine?

Addiction medicine is a medical subspecialty focused on preventing, evaluating, diagnosing, and treating patients struggling with an addiction or the unhealthy use of a substance. Addiction is a preventable disease. The goal of addiction medicine is to help you get the care and support you need to help recover from your addiction or prevent you from developing one.

Am I a good candidate for addiction medicine?

If you struggle with the misuse of a substance or an addiction, you may be a good candidate for addiction medicine. Dr. Howard determines if you would benefit from her program after a comprehensive evaluation.

Addiction is a complex disease that affects how your brain and body function. Symptoms that indicate an addiction include:

  • Inability to control the use of the substance
  • Use of a substance despite potential consequences
  • Inability to stop using the substance
  • Appearance of withdrawal symptoms when you stop using

Dependence isn’t the same as an addiction. If you’re dependent on a substance, it means you’ve developed a tolerance and need to consume more to get the same effect. If you abstain from the substance, you experience withdrawal symptoms. While addiction and dependence are considered different health concerns, if you’ve developed a dependence on a substance, then addiction may not be too far behind.

What can I expect when I come in for addiction medicine?

Dr. Howard is known for her dynamic personality and ability to motivate. You can expect comprehensive and supportive care to help you recover from your addiction. Your treatment plan is personalized to meet your particular needs and may include:

  • Mental health counseling
  • Medication management to help with cravings and withdrawal
  • Management of your personal medical needs
  • Referral to supportive services

Dr. Howard combines traditional Western medicine with Chinese medicine and may also recommend alternative therapies to aid in your recoveries, such as acupuncture, tai chi, or yoga. These alternative therapies may help you feel more in control of your emotions as you recover. She monitors both your health and your recovery.

Addiction is a disease that requires medical management. For compassionate and comprehensive care, contact Oasys Preventive Health Services by phone or online today.