Drug Addiction Treatment Specialist

Dan G. Alexander, MD -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician

Dan G. Alexander, MD

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician & Addiction Medicine located in Burgettstown, PA

Opioids, illegal drugs, alcohol, and other substances can create addictive behavior that has devastating consequences on people’s emotional and physical health. If your work or personal relationships are suffering due to drug addiction, there’s no shame in seeking treatment. For more than 15 years, Dan G. Alexander M.D., a board-certified physician in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, has helped patients overcome substance abuse and dependency, proving himself to be an expert in addiction medicine. To schedule an evaluation for drug addiction treatment, call the office today, or make an appointment online.

Drug Addiction Treatment

How do I know if I need treatment for drug addiction?

When you suffer from addiction, also called substance use disorder, you can’t control how much or how often you use drugs or other addictive substances. You may wish to stop using drugs, but find you aren’t able to do so.

Additional signs and symptoms of addiction include:

  • Needing more and more of the drug to achieve the desired effect
  • Intense cravings and/or intrusive thoughts about the drug 
  • Spending a lot of time and money obtaining drugs
  • Failing to meet school, family, or work obligations 
  • Engaging in risky behavior, such as driving, while under the influence
  • Having withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop using the drug

If you struggle to control your use of illegal drugs, prescription medications, or alcohol even though continuing to do so has negative consequences for your job performance, personal relationships, or physical health, you may need treatment for drug addiction.

What is involved in drug addiction treatment?

Dr. Alexander is a board-certified internal medicine physician with more than 15 years of experience helping people overcome drug addiction with long-term success. He designs personalized programs based on your individual needs to help you:

  • Detox from dependency
  • Manage withdrawal symptoms
  • Develop strategies to cope with cravings
  • Prevent relapse
  • Regain emotional balance
  • Strengthen communication skills to build supportive relationships

Drug addiction treatment begins with a comprehensive physical evaluation, a review of your health history, and a mental health assessment. Based on the type of substance abuse disorder you have and other individual factors, your drug addiction treatment may include:

  • Addiction medicine
  • Treatment of drug-related medical conditions
  • Counseling
  • Urine drug screenings
  • A long-term follow-up plan

When treating addiction, it’s critical to address underlying emotional and mental health conditions as well as focus on changing behaviors that enable your drug use. For this reason, counseling services provided by a qualified, independent mental health provider are available onsite at Dr. Alexander’s practice.

What is addiction medicine for opioids?

Dr. Alexander has the expertise to prescribe Suboxone®, Vivitrol®, and other medications. These medicines can minimize symptoms due to opioid withdrawal or prevent opioids from making you feel “high” to help you break the cycle of substance abuse. 

There’s no shame in seeking help for drug addiction. If you or a family member suffers from a substance use disorder, call Dan G. Alexander M.D. for drug addiction treatment, or make an appointment online today.