Addiction Specialist

Pax Emmanuel, MD

Internist & Pain Management Specialist located in Malibu, CA & Beverly Hills, CA

More than 20 million Americans struggle with addiction every year. Pax Emmanuel, MD, in Malibu, California, offers compassionate treatment for those dealing with drug, alcohol, and behavioral addictions through his concierge service. His comprehensive treatment and counseling can help you take back control of your life and health. If you’re ready to look to a brighter future away from addiction, reach out to Dr. Emmanuel by phone or online.

Addiction Q & A

What is addiction?

Addiction refers to a complex condition that pushes you to partake in an activity or substance because of its habit-forming qualities or properties. Substance addiction pertains generally to drug or alcohol abuse.

With most addictive substances, you develop a tolerance the more you take. As a result, you end up consuming more of the substance in order to obtain the same feeling as before.

The common types of substance additions include:

  • Alcohol
  • Inhalants
  • Opioids
  • Cocaine
  • Nicotine

However, addiction doesn’t only involve substances. Behavioral addictions such as gambling or overeating can give you a rush similar to what a substance provides and can cause just as much damage.

What are the symptoms of addiction?

The primary symptom of addiction is your inability to stop yourself from partaking in this behavior or substance, despite it being dangerous for your overall health.

You’ll know you’re struggling with addiction if you’re continually looking for ways to get your next fix.

Addiction can be linked to depression and anxiety, so if you’ve noticed that you no longer find enjoyment in the things you used to or that you can only enjoy them after using a substance, then you should seek medical attention from Dr. Emmanuel.

What causes addiction?

Determining the causes of addiction can be difficult, as they vary from person to person depending on their personality, family history, and the type of addiction. Addiction can also come about as a reaction to mental and environmental factors.

In some cases, genetics or a family history of addiction can increase your chances of developing an addiction to a behavior or substance.

How do you treat addiction?

Treating addiction can often be a long and arduous process. That’s why it’s essential that you establish a strong and long-lasting relationship with your medical provider.

Dr. Emmanuel offers individual counseling and behavioral therapy to help you overcome your dependence on any given substance or activity.

In addition to behavioral counseling, Dr. Emmanuel can prescribe medication or medical devices that target the feeling of withdrawal you get when you’re not taking the substance and help with your detoxification. He might also prescribe treatment for anxiety and depression.

Dr. Emmanuel believes in treating the whole person, not just the addiction. He’ll be with you every step of the way, making sure that the treatment is effective, and that you’re able to resume your daily activities substance-free. He makes himself available if you experience moments of weakness.

Get a handle on your addiction and book an appointment with a medical provider who cares about your well-being. Call or go online today to book an appointment with Dr. Emmanuel.   

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