What Is Medication Management?
The treatment of addiction, substance use disorder, and psychiatric illnesses often involve the use of prescription medications in addition to counseling and intervention therapies. While some patients may require the short-term use of medication to help treat the symptoms of these conditions, others may need long-term medication therapy to manage mental health conditions or recover from addiction disorders. Medication management is the process of supervising these medications to make certain they are taken as recommended and to achieve their desired treatment outcome.
In a number of cases, medication management may focus on treating a dual diagnosis, which occurs when a mental illness (such as depression or bipolar disorder) and addiction are present at the same time. Dr. Julie Pittman is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine and offers experienced outpatient medication management to patients throughout the DFW region. To schedule an appointment with her or one of our certified nurse practitioners, please contact Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery in Arlington, TX today.
"Stephanie is awesome. After several years of searching and trying to figure out medicine that works for me, she provided a solution that I never thought of. She listened to everything I said and gave me direction on how to move forward in understanding what was happening. She was kind and professional, but also relatable. I'm glad I found her."- ES / Office Visit / May 03, 2021
"Dr. Pittman is an outstanding psychiatrist. She has a wonderful bedside manner. She is kind, compassionate and posses integrity. She cares! She knows her medications. I think of her as a pioneer in her field. I can talk to her about anything. I haven't had this type of experience before with a psychiatrist. She is paving the way for hopefully how psychiatry will be handled in the future. Thank you Dr. Pittman."- JS / Office Visit / Apr 29, 2021
"I highly recommend Katie! She is compassionate; she listens intently; she allows you to have a voice in your care; and she always remembers what was happening during your last visit. She allows you to have a voice in determining your medications. She responds quickly if you need a refill for a medication. Talking to Katie is like talking to a friend who truly cares. She has helped me tremendously!"- EW / Office Visit / Apr 22, 2021
"Katie always does a great job remembering the details of your life, listening to how you're doing, and discussing various options. You can tell she genuinely cares about her patients. That's all you can ask for!"- Anonymous / Office Visit / Apr 12, 2021
"The staff here genuinely care about your well-being. I, unfortunately have dealt with mental health troubles my whole life. I never felt like I was making progress or really getting solid help until coming to PPR. I would highly recommend anyone considering seeking help for mental health or recovery, come here right away. You will not be sorry."- DM / Office Visit / Apr 10, 2021
How Is Addiction Managed With Medication?
Dr. Pittman and our nurse practitioners may recommend and prescribe addiction medication therapy for a wide range of addictions, including opioids (heroin, methadone, and other pain killers), alcohol, meth, narcotics, marijuana, synthetic cannabinoid, gambling, Internet, and sex addictions. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) may also be utilized, which combines meds with behavioral and counseling therapies to help prevent relapse in patients with opioid use disorders. As an addiction and substance use disorder specialist, Dr. Pittman may also administer the following opioid detox medications:
- SUBUTEX (buprenorphine)
- SUBOXONE® (buprenorphine/Naloxone)
- SUBCOLADE® (buprenorphine extended-release injectable)
- VIVITROL® (Naloxone extended-release injectable)
What Can I Expect With Psychiatric Medication Management?
After performing a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and diagnostic assessment, Dr. Pittman or our nurse practitioners may prescribe psychotropic medications as a component of your therapy. These medications can help manage the symptoms of mental health disorders, including anxiety, panic disorder, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention-deficit disorder (ADD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, and a range of other conditions. Medication management for mental health disorders helps ensure the correct dosages are taken and that the ideal amount of medication is being taken to manage any symptoms.
Specialized Psychiatric and Addiction Care
Since there are different classes of psychiatric and addiction medications, it is important to visit a specialist with advanced knowledge of how to treat these conditions with a pharmacotherapeutic approach. Dr. Pittman and our nurse practitioners can select the proper treatment protocol to manage the symptoms of mental health disorders and substance use withdrawal, and optimize treatment results. For more on outpatient addiction or psychiatric medication management, please contact Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery in Arlington, TX to schedule telemedicine or an in-person appointment.