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Addiction is a disease that changes a person’s thoughts and behaviors—and it can happen to anyone. SoberDoc offers specialized medical treatment for those struggling with addiction. If you or a loved one is battling addiction, contact SoberDoc now.
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Kent S. Hoffman, D.O. is a board-certified addiction medicine specialist serving Central Florida, including the greater Orlando and Maitland areas. Dr. Hoffman founded SoberDoc and has been helping people get sober for over 15 years. He specializes in outpatient treatment using effective medications and therapy programs. He also served as a physician on the Orlando Magic’s medical team for many years. Dr. Hoffman is also a Co-Founder of AddictionGuide.com.
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You may have many questions if you or someone you love is struggling with addiction. Get answers to common addiction questions and misconceptions.
Addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain’s reward system. The brain’s chemistry changes to reward and eventually need drug use. This causes people with addictions to seek drugs instead of healthier options. Constant drug use severely damages the brain and body.
Yes—addiction is treatable. Dr. Hoffman uses a combination of medically assisted detox, maintenance medication and therapy so you can return to a healthy life. Recovery is possible if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction.
Addiction does not equal weakness. Addiction changes the chemicals in your brain so that it cannot function normally unless the drug is used. Addiction treatment allows normal brain function to return.
People battling addiction can get a second chance at life through treatment. Dr. Hoffman’s SoberDoc program is six times more effective than the national inpatient treatment average. Immediate treatment through detox and medication can put an end to your addiction.
Dr. Hoffman uses a variety of methods to treat addiction. His understanding of the disorder provides support to you and loved ones. He also studies your health history to determine the best treatment plan for you.
Medical detox is the first step in addiction recovery. A detox clears abused substances from the body. Most people go through withdrawal during detox. Common symptoms include anxiety, muscle weakness, insomnia and more. Some people with addictions may not seek detox due to fear of withdrawal symptoms. Dr. Hoffman uses effective medications to reduce the impacts of withdrawal.
Dr. Hoffman uses medication to ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce addiction urges. Examples of medications used to treat addiction include Suboxone and Vivitrol. Suboxone combats opioid addiction and Vivitrol helps prevent drug relapses. Vivitrol is injected to ensure the medication is not tampered with. It is important to receive support from a doctor when taking these drugs as some of them are highly addictive.
Dr. Hoffman specializes in outpatient rehab. Outpatient rehab allows you to live at home and continue your daily routine. Dr. Hoffman’s treatment program is simple. People with addictions receive specialized medical care during appointments without abandoning their personal lives. This allows you to keep your job and live with family while treating your addiction.
Laboratory services offer accountability as you work toward a drug-free life. Dr. Hoffman provides regular drug tests throughout treatment to monitor your health. Drug tests also help prevent relapses.
Clinical trials and testing can lead to breakthroughs in treating addiction. Dr. Hoffman and his team conduct on-site research to discover new treatment solutions.
Anybody can become an addict. It can even happen to those in high positions of power or status. Dr. Hoffman is willing to help executives, celebrities and public figures maintain privacy during treatment with discreet outpatient.
Therapy is key in treating addiction. Therapy teaches people with addictions how to live healthy lives without drugs. Addiction counselors offer group therapy and/or one-on-one sessions depending on a patient’s needs. It is important to figure out which type of therapy is best for you. What works for one person may not work for someone else.
Certain demographics run a higher risk of developing an addiction. Luckily, many treatment options and resources exist to support these special groups.
Many who serve or have served in the military struggle with addiction. Veterans are also at a higher risk of disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. These conditions make veterans more vulnerable to addiction. If you or a loved one is a veteran struggling with addiction, there are many options available. The Department of Veterans Affairs helps veterans struggling with addiction find solutions. There are also many veteran-oriented rehab centers across the country.
Seniors may fall into addiction for a number of reasons. Some seniors have abused drugs or alcohol for years. There also are cases in which a senior begins their substance abuse at the age of 65 or older. Reasons for this include retirement, loss of a loved one or health issues. Seniors struggling with addiction are at greater risk than other groups because their bodies process substances differently. An overdose or withdrawal symptoms can be fatal if they are not treated quickly.
Students are more likely to develop addictions as they navigate into adulthood. College students often desire or feel pressured to experiment with alcohol and drugs. Partying and drinking are considered a “rite of passage” by many. It is at this crucial stage in life that bad habits can lead to full-blown addictions. Immediate treatment in students is most effective. Students are more likely to maintain a permanent recovery if they seek treatment at an earlier age.
Addiction looks different in everyone. Each type of abused substance comes with its own signs, symptoms and health risks. Learn more about various types of addiction.
Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is the uncontrollable use of alcohol. It is one of the most common forms of addiction. Those addicted to alcohol experience harmful side effects when they do not use the substance. People with AUD may experience depression, blackouts, liver disease or death. Alcohol addiction can destroy relationships, job performance and more. It is possible to have a harmful relationship with alcohol without being dependent on or addicted to the substance.
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Illicit drugs are illegal to make, sell and use. These substances are highly addictive and often destroy the lives of those who misuse them. Illicit drug addiction is treatable with a combination of detox, medication and therapy.
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Prescription drug abuse and addiction are widespread problems in today’s society. Prescription drugs are not hard to find and many have a high potential for addiction or dependency. Commonly abused prescription drugs include opioids, sleeping pills, tranquilizers and stimulants.
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Addiction destroys your health, your relationships and your life. You deserve to get help.
Addiction treatment starts with detox and medication. Long-term recovery combines different programs, including therapy and support groups, to help ensure success. Discover your recovery options.
Halfway houses, or sober living homes, help people recovering from addictions readjust to a healthy lifestyle. The sober environment of these facilities eases the patient’s transition into a daily routine without drugs. They are less structured than inpatient facilities and reinforce the healthy habits learned in rehab programs.
12-step programs are widely used in addiction recovery. These programs provide people recovering from addictions with manageable steps to help them maintain a sober life. The steps help you address the root causes of your addiction and make amends.
Faith-based programs allow those struggling with addiction to grow their religious beliefs while they recover. Specialized treatment centers exist to provide patients with a faith-centered rehab program. This is a great option for those who seek comfort in a higher power during recovery.
SoberDoc can help you break free from your addiction. Call us today at 407-691-3975 to schedule your first step, or fill out the simple form and we will contact you.
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