Expert Addiction Mental Health Team

IMI is One of the Few Addiction Centers that does NOT Rely on Psychiatry for Addiction Medicine.

When an individual has an addiction to alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, it’s not only a hard and scary time for them, but also for their loved ones. Those who are abusing drugs often lose or damage relationships with their family, friends and even themselves. They no longer are connected to who they used to be and they begin to feel lost, useless and ashamed. When someone has gotten to this point, their only option for health is to regain their true sense of self and restore or build emotional healthy connections. At IMI Addiction Medicine (IMI-AM), we provide professional and highly trained addiction specialists who provide significant amounts of help and support to individuals affected by addiction. Whether you’re seeking help for a loved one, or for yourself, we can be of great service and aid those in need with all of the necessary assistance.

The Devastating Effects Of Addiction

When someone has an addiction, a lot of strain is put on their daily life from work to maintaining relationships. Drugs and alcohol can cause an individual to become a different person; they often act in a way that they would never have done this can cause an enormous amount of grief and damage. Not only can jobs and relationships get severely compromised, but the overall health and psychology of the individual is significantly and negatively affected. Many different things can trigger substance use, such as depression or anxiety.

What Does Our Addiction Specialist Provide?

Our addiction medicine specialist is both a Physician, Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, trained in Functional Medicine and is both a Neuro and Clinical Psychologist. Our team of specialists includes psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, behavioral specialists and experienced interventionalists. Well versed in psychopharmacology and biochemistry, Dr. Gary Ruelas strives to restore the cellular structure of each individual including restoring brain function on a cellular level. He works with those who have addictions to substances such as alcohol, drugs using both prescription medication and nutrients For this type of doctor, specific skills and training are needed to be able to carry out the comprehensive necessary treatments.

Our addiction physician works one on one with each clients to evaluate and determine what caused their drug or alcohol problem.

Our patient’s drug physician will talk to them about their history, order relevant blood, urine and brain testing. During these sessions, we often begin to see some of the issues that contributed towards the substance use. If our client is showing signs of withdrawal symptoms during their treatment, our doctor will also provide them with prescribed medication to calm and control their need. This job requires the drug or alcohol physician to have extreme knowledge and specialized training in psychology and also physical health. This education gives the doctor the ability to deploy the best treatments that are unique to each patient that they work with.

How Can A Drug Dependence Physician Help?

Our addiction physician is significantly beneficial to those who are addicted to painkillers, alcohol, heroin, or other drugs. At IMI-AM, we have one of the best addiction teams. Our doctors work closely with the clients in an attempt to stop them from abusing substances. They then help them to maintain a healthier lifestyle and mindset.

One of the main benefits of having addiction psychiatry is that it’s confidential and unbiased. Our physicians don’t know anything about their patient except for what they’ve shared. By having a balanced but helpful input to all of their advice, it encourages the patient to release any emotions or issues that have been contributed to their addiction. Our client can express anything that they need to with their treatment team and work on overcoming negative matters so that nothing holds them back from a full recovery.

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It’s incredibly important for the family and friends of our patient to help in any way that they can.

The more support and encouragement that our client gets, the more likely they are to recover from their addiction and not have a relapse. Assuming an attitude of compassion and understanding goes a long way. During addiction treatment, they can still get triggered, and unsupportive family members can cause them to spiral. Positive energy is the best solution. When a client undergoes substance abuse treatment, they always get treated with the utmost respect.

Interesting in Meeting with our Expert Addiction Mental Health Team?

Our addiction medicine specialist is both a Physician, Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, trained in Functional Medicine and a Neuro and Clinical Psychologist.