Dr. Stuart Kloda Describes 5 Things To Know About Addiction & Addiction Treatment

Stuart Kloda, M.D. maintains a solo Addiction Medicine practice in New York City specializing only in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. “Addictions can affect highly functioning people, threatening their careers, families and homes,” he says.

Online PR News – 03-January-2014 – New York, NY – FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ADDICTION
1. People do not have to "hit bottom" in order to be motivated to start treatment and become abstinent. “The people that I see in my medical practice still have intact jobs, families, and finances. They seek help before things become really bad,” says Dr. Kloda.

2. It is not true that everyone with addiction has some sort of past trauma or psychiatric diagnosis that needs to be addressed or treated.

3. If present, it is essential to address and treat psychiatric diagnoses and symptoms in order to give patients the best chance of becoming abstinent.

4. Addiction has both a biological component, as well as a behavioral component. “Medications can be used to treat the biological part, counseling and therapy are used to treat the behavioral aspect,” says Dr. Kloda. “This can be said of other medical illnesses. For example, diabetes can be treated with medications, along with lifestyle modifications such as weight loss by starting a healthy diet and exercise.”

5. Using medications such as Suboxone to treat opioid (painkiller) addiction is not substituting one addiction for another,” says Dr. Kloda. “Addiction can be defined, in part, in terms of inability to stop drinking and using despite negative consequences and dysfunction in one's life. Suboxone treats the biological part of addiction. It allows for the stable use of an opioid at a steady dose that is not intoxicating, and reverses dysfunction in one's life - the exact opposite of addiction.”

People become abstinent in different ways:

1. Some do it on their own without any treatment - they just stop drinking or using.

2. Others become abstinent with free self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or SMART Recovery. Paid outpatient group treatment is also another avenue for treatment.

3. “One-on-one medical treatment with a physician who specializes in addictions is another way that people achieve abstinence,” says Dr. Kloda. “ Medical treatment in my practice involves outpatient detoxification (medically supervised withdrawal) if needed, the use of medications to help maintain abstinence ("medication assisted treatment"), along with addiction counseling and psychosocial support.”

4. Some people initially require more intensive treatment. “This would involve going away to a rehabilitation center for a month or longer. Sometimes it is necessary to remove someone from their drug using environment and lifestyle in order to allow them to start any type of treatment,” says Dr. Kloda. “Being immersed in treatment 24/7 is one of the benefits of being in a rehabilitation center.”

5. “The sad fact is that some people never become abstinent despite all different types of treatment. Just like other diseases, not everyone recovers
from their addiction,” says Dr. Kloda.

Dr. Stuart Kloda’s New York City practice maintains locations at Columbus Circle and on Wall Street. For more information visit www.stuartklodamd.com or call (646) 713-6578.

Dr. Kloda treats many executives and professionals with extremely busy schedules. In addition, confidentiality can be a significant issue. For these reasons, Dr. Kloda offers house calls at the patient’s home or office. He is available to see patients in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

About Stuart Kloda, M.D.
Dr. Stuart Kloda completed a rigorous two-year Addiction Medicine Fellowship at the Addiction Institute of New York, a Columbia University affiliate in Manhattan located at St. Luke’s & Roosevelt Hospitals. His experience includes serving as the Medical Director for the inpatient drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation unit at Roosevelt Hospital.

Dr. Kloda offers detoxification for people with drug and alcohol addictions. Medical detoxification is medically supervised withdrawal. In medical detox, a drug that is the same or similar to the one being abused is started at a high dose, then gradually tapered down to zero.

Dr. Kloda is an expert in the outpatient medical detoxification of alcohol, opioids (Oxycontin, oxycodone, Percocet, Vicodin, and Lortab), opiates (Heroin and Morphine), as well as benzodiazepines (“benzos”) such as Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium. Dr. Kloda is particularly skilled with Xanax medical detox. While there is no medical detox for cocaine and methamphetamine addictions, Dr. Kloda treats these addictions as well using the most current methods of addiction counseling.


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