Though we are one of Northern California's largest outpatient addiction programs, as physicians, we feel conflicted about our part in the opioid epidemic.
We understand that many—if not most—of our patients' addictions began with a prescription written by a doctor. And “those” doctors who have written all these treacherous prescriptions would be us. What we are trying to say is the irony is not lost on us.
Our acknowledgement of this underlying absurdity is precisely what makes Care Practice so unique, and it is also the reason we are one of the few treatment programs doing research on tapering, reducing withdrawal symptoms, and how to get people completely off all pills.
It seems weird—even to us—that we approach addiction treatment with the very item that caused it: a prescription pad.
However, we strongly believe our approach to addiction medicine can be helpful for many. Our methods are research-driven and our results are real.
See our our clinic policy to ban the writing of prescriptions most commonly abused. You can also read more about our addiction treatment program here, and check out the video below to get an idea of how we feel when we question addiction medicine today.