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.
"Dr. Pittman and her staff are truly wonderful. They are incredible professionals who go above and beyond to provide outstanding, personalized care. I have, for over four years, felt incredibly supported by everyone in Dr. Pittman’s practice."- L.B. / Facebook / Dec 14, 2022
"she is the sweetest doctor ever. I have never met someone like her. she made me feel so comfortable the minute I stepped foot into her office. I am so thankful for her"- A.P. / Facebook / Sep 27, 2022
"Dr. Pittman helped me out of a very deep hole. She was very patient and understanding. So many Physicians are condescending, and dismissive..not Dr. Pittman. She treated me for two years, and I was very thankful to find her. Her staff always treated me with respect, and was willing to work with me if I needed them to."- J.C. / Google / Apr 29, 2022
"I cannot say enough about the quality of people at this practice. They are responsive, I feel listened to, we work collaboratively on getting the right medication balance, and they're just great people. HARD to find a great psychiatrist and I'm thankful that I have found "the one.""- J.E. / Google / Mar 28, 2022
"Dr. Pittman is a real gem. She listens and actually hears what I have to say. Very knowledgeable and compassionate. I?m blessed to have her as my provider."- JS / Office Visit / Nov 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.