What is Addiction?
Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease that affects the functioning of the brain and body. People with addiction are focused on using substances such as drugs and alcohol, to the point that it takes over their lives. This may affect their health, and relationships with family members and friends.
How Can UT Physicians Help?
Our health care providers specialize in addiction medicine and treat substance abuse disorders and other problems related to a patient’s addiction. Our specialists have a good understanding of local cultures and subcultures and what local resources are available to support the patient’s recovery from addiction. Ultimately, a patient’s care should be oriented toward overall functioning and wellbeing while mitigating risk factors for substance-related harm or relapse.
To schedule an appointment, you can call (713) 486-2700 or use our clinic request form.
Addiction Treatments Include
UT Physicians specializes in the treatment of drug addiction. This includes treatments for smoking, alcohol use disorder, use of illegal substances, and misuse of prescription medications. Our treatment approach includes a specialized recovery plan designed to meet the individual needs of each patient. We encourage development of a personal recovery support network involving family, peers, and health professionals. Professional counseling in an individual or group setting is an essential part of treatment, and referral assistance is provided. Attendance at support groups such as SMART Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, Narcotics Anonymous, or Alcoholics Anonymous is also encouraged.
Certain medications can also be an important component of a recovery plan. Our clinicians are experienced in the appropriate use of medications. These are either prescribed or injections administered in the clinic.
- Comprehensive initial evaluation and treatment planning
- Medication-assisted therapy
- Alcohol: Antabuse, Campral, Vivitrol (injections are available on-site)
- Prescription opiates (narcotic painkillers) and Heroin: Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone), Sublocade (injections are available on-site)
- Tobacco: nicotine replacement (patches, lozenges, gum), Chantix, Zyban
- Individual counseling by licensed professional therapists
- Urine drug testing
- Referral assistance