Addiction Medicine

TYPES OF ADDICTIONS

Addiction can come in many forms. These can include, but are not limited to, addiction to:

  • narcotics
  • alcohol
  • nicotine
  • illegal substances
  • sugar
  • food
Addiction Medicine Tri Cities TN

ADDICTION RECOVERY

If the process of addiction recovery could be summed-up in one word, it would be CHANGE.

After all, it is changes to the brain which produce addiction cravings, and recovery is essentially reversing those changes through changes in behavior and lifestyle choices.

Without change, there is no recovery.

In order to enable this change, we must identify the root or underlying causes of why someone became addicted to begin with and what is keeping them there.

FINDING THE ROOT CAUSE OF ADDICTION

So, how do we get to the root causes? We look at each individual’s story through the functional medicine lens.

As a Functional Medicine/Integrated Addiction practice, we spend time with our patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and sustained addiction recovery.

In this way, our approach supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual as a whole. We not only address and treat addiction itself, but the other chronic health challenges a client is facing.

Most addiction medicine physicians are not adequately trained to assess the underlying causes of complex, chronic disease and to apply strategies such as nutrition, diet, and exercise to both treat and prevent these illnesses in their patients. The focus of our functional/integrated addiction medicine approach is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of addiction.

We look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to addiction and illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both the internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning and successful addiction recovery.

INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO TREATMENT OF ADDICTION

At Tri-Cities Functional Medicine we integrate traditional medical assisted therapy, with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on recovery and prevention through lifestyle changes like nutrition, increased movement, and better sleep habits; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.

The goal of our program is for you to make a full recovery from addiction and other chronic illnesses where you are no longer dependent on medications and have restored your health.

OUR PROGRAM INCLUDES

Use of Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) if needed to help with the transition and stabilize your system.

  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone, Sublocade, Subutex (in pregnancy))
  • Naltrexone

Focus on uncovering the root cause of your addiction including:

  • What triggers the behavior
  • What continues to mediate the behavior in a positive or negative way
  • And identifying biologic systems that have been disrupted and need to be rebalanced.

A personalized intervention plan to help YOUR systems RECOVER from addiction including

  • Physician visits
  • Functional lab testing to give insight into the biochemical and neurotransmitter imbalances
  • Social work/case management
  • Health Coaching groups and individual visits focused on helping you understand and implement brain healthy tools and techniques as well as lifestyle changes that are helpful to becoming your best self. This whole person and lifestyle approach includes: Stress Transformation, Nutrition, Exercise and Movement, Sleep, and Mental-Emotional-Spiritual Well-Being
  • Targeted supplementation available to assist in rebalancing the body.

WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY

"Tri-Cities Functional Medicine is as good as it gets when it comes to addiction recovery. The whole staff is excellent. They are personable and go above and beyond to make visits as smooth and as quick as possible. Dr. Radawi has been huge in my recovery and goes to great lengths to get you in a position to succeed. He helped me realize I needed a whole lifestyle change and it has been a much easier transition to recovery. Thank you to the entire staff. I highly recommend Tri-Cities Functional Medicine and Dr. Radawi."
Brad (Meadowview, VA)

"I now have better health, I’m feeling healthier, and I have more energy…..by doing the elimination diet, I found out it has helped my pain more than any other thing I’ve tried in the past and for that alone I’m very grateful!”
Pam (Bristol, VA)

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