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.
"Laurie Smith is wonderful and has been a great influence in my life the past year. Truly made a huge difference in my health. 10/10. Thank you!!"- EB / Office Visit / Nov 10, 2021
"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
"My daughter met with Laurie Smith this week and I was very impressed by her knowledge, patience, and technique. They were able to work us in to visit within a few days of me calling. Laurie took her time in getting to know my daughter and understanding as many facets of her mental health as possible. This group does not take insurance, however, Laurie was worth every penny spent. We look forward to future visits and care and I am optimistic about the future of my child's mental health."- DH / Office Visit / Nov 03, 2021
"Dr. Pittman is a great doctor. She actually listens, spends time with me, makes a real effort to understand what's up, and includes me in the decision making. She is truly interested in doing what is best for me, not just following some textbook decision tree. Would highly recommend Dr. Pittman for psychiatric, substance abuse/addiction, and obesity concerns."- RD / Office Visit / Sep 15, 2021
"Five stars! I cannot say enough about how great Dr. Pittman and staff are. They are efficient and truly care about you as an individual."- TF / Office Visit / Sep 12, 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.