Professional Addiction Medicine Consulting in the San Diego Area
In a rapidly changing world of substance use disorders that are ravaging our communities, I offer a broad array of services to help medical practices, residential treatment centers, community leaders and individual patients as well as their families. As one of my mentors once described me, I am just as comfortable sitting on a curb with a homeless drug addict as I am sitting in a board meeting with county and city officials.
Addiction is a tricky disease to treat. Historically this country has had a variety of approaches that fell within clinical and therapeutic models. Over the years the medical model has progressed with more understanding of neurophysiology and more momentum in the medical field to treat addiction as a disease. Anyone who works in the field can attest to the variety of approaches the and frequent silos created where only one approach is utilized in treatment; Social Model, Harm Reduction, 12-step, counseling and CBT, hallucinogenics such as Ibogaine or Ayuhuasca OR Methadone as Opioid Replacement Treatment and other forms of MAT, just to name a few. It is my belief that one can utilize a variety of approaches to addiction in order to save lives and improve the quality of our communities. I am passionate about education and prevention, improve access to care, promoting Harm/Risk Reduction, offering Medication Assisted Treatment AND a Holistic Approach. The goal is to providing the most evidence based treatment modalities while also understanding the blind-spots of western medicine, to offer mortality-reducing population based interventions while also offering individualized holistic services that address the spiritual component of the disease. I am walking these lines everyday and hope others can too.
Core Values in Addiction Medicine
Access to Care for All
Creating Bridges Not Walls
Treating the Person, the Family and the Community
Offering Different Options in Treatment and Prevention Based on Stage of Change
Creating the Careful Balance Between Patient Autonomy and Patient Accountability