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Addiction services offered in Silver Spring, MD

If you or a loved one is struggling with a substance, alcohol, or opioid addiction, expert psychiatrist Ivan Walks, MD, may be able to help at Integrated Health Resources in Silver Spring, Maryland. Dr. Walks offers treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) so you get back on a path toward renewed health and wellness. To learn more about addiction treatment, call the office or book your telemedicine appointment online today.  

What causes addiction?

When you have an addiction, it brings a loss of self-control when thinking about or using substances. It can be challenging to quit for many people as withdrawal symptoms (physical dependence on a substance) can occur.

At Integrated Health Resources, Dr. Walks can help with addiction to:

  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Heroin
  • Fentanyl
  • Benzodiazepines 
  • Stimulants
  • Hallucinogens
  • Marijuana
  • Inhalants
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol

Talking to a loved one about seeking addiction treatment can help them break unhealthy habits and achieve a better quality of life. If these issues take over your everyday life and cause problems with relationships, school, and work, Dr. Walks offers supportive care and guidance to help you navigate through recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). 

What does detoxification in addiction treatment involve?

Detoxification is the process of eliminating toxic substances from the body. The term is most commonly used to refer to the early stages of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. 

As your body tries to fight off the effects of drugs and alcohol, a range of uncomfortable symptoms might occur. Your experience with addiction treatment may look differently than others, but the main goal is to help your body wean off substances entirely. 

What can I expect with addiction treatment?

Knowing what to expect may make it easier to move forward in the detox process. Some of the potential symptoms of detoxification may include:

  • Body pain
  • Irritability
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Sleepiness
  • Sweating
  • Shivering
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Changes in appetite

These are just some of the symptoms you might experience during detox. The type of substances used, how recently they were used, and how long you’ve used the substance will all affect your detox experience.

Detoxification is not an easy process. Very often, people who begin the process find it so uncomfortable that they return to active addiction in an effort to ease their detox symptoms. Dr. Walks provides guidance as you move forward with treatment to help you overcome addiction problems. 

Integrated Health Resources offers caring treatment to help you move closer to a healthier future. To learn more about addiction treatment, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.