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 Rodrick are the best doctor and best assistant! They truly care about you and listen to you! You always can count on them!"- BM / Office Visit / Jul 20, 2021
"Never have any trouble having medical needs met and always show great care!! Easy getting in and treatment has change me for the better for 10 years now!!"- BJ / Office Visit / Jul 16, 2021
"Dr. Pittman is the most caring and understanding I've ever been to. And her office staff (shout out to Rodrick) is very helpful!"- KM / Office Visit / Jul 16, 2021
"I honestly don't know what I'd do or where I'd be without the help of PPR! They are so patient with me and they really seem to care!"- LB / Office Visit / Jun 18, 2021
"You want Stephanie to be your provider. Stephanie will listen and put you on the right path towards a better mental state of mind. She knows exactly what she's doing!"- ES / Office Visit / Jun 14, 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.