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The first step in recovery from addiction is admitting you have a problem and that you’re powerless to overcome it. The next step is to contact us to help you begin to chart your path to a full recovery.

Certus Psychiatry & Integrated Care Addiction Recovery Program (CARP)

Admitting you need help overcoming an addiction to drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, or even shopping, takes tremendous courage. When you are ready to accept help, Certus Psychiatry and Integrated Care in Winston-Salem and Raleigh are here to help you with medical and consultative support to begin your recovery process.

The CARP team is overseen by Dr. Gisela Kohl, who is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Our licensed Addiction Specialist team is highly experienced in helping people facing addictions chart the right path for their journey in recovery.

We understand that addiction is a serious, chronic, and compulsive disease that makes stopping the use of certain addictive substances very challenging. Long-term or repeated care is most successful in ceasing addiction, and we’re here to help you every step of the way.

The CARP Process

The type of addiction you have dictates the type of care you receive, and your path to recovery may include one, some, or all of the following:

  • Psychiatric & Addiction Specialist Assessment to determine the psychological and psychical extent of your addiction
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Psycho-education Classes (including cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy)
  • Family Therapy, when necessary

Through CARP, we offer the following treatment options, and each one is tailored to your individual needs:

Alcohol: FDA-approved medications for treating alcohol addiction that has shown promise in clinical trials include Naltrexone (Revia) and Acamprosate (Campral). We also prescribe Vivitrol by injection for patients who are interested in a longer-acting treatment option.

Substance Abuse: Acting on the same targets as opioids (prescription medications, heroin and morphine), buprenorphine suppresses withdrawal symptoms and relieves cravings. Suboxone, Zubsolv, or Naltrexone (Vivitrol) may also be used to treat opioid addiction. These medications can help patients reduce drug-seeking behaviors and help them be more open to therapeutic interventions, such as classes and individual and group therapy.

Tobacco: Nicotine, found in all tobacco products, is a highly addictive drug that acts in the brain and throughout the body. Nicotine addiction replacement therapies have several forms, including patches, sprays, gum, and lozenges. The FDA has approved two prescription medications for nicotine addiction: buproprion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix).

Co-Occurring Conditions: Other medications and therapires are available to treat possible mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, that may be contributing to an addiction.

The Goals of the CARP Recovery Process

  1. Helping you to stop using the substance.
  2. Working with you to stay drug and/or alcohol-free will likely include having you become part of a 12-Step Recovery Program, like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, etc.
  3. Developing strategies to establish or increase productivity at work, in the family, and in society.
  4. Employing a cognitive-behavioral approach to relapse with the goal of identifying and preventing high-risk situations.

We offer the tools. You do the work.

We work with you to ensure your treatment program helps you continue on the steps to your recovery. We can’t go through the process for you, but we’re here to support you every step of the way.

Mental Health Treatment Goals, Certus

Addictions are complex but treatable diseases. No single treatment is right for everyone.

Through the Certus Addiction Recovery Programs, we offer access to treatment that addresses each patient’s unique needs. You will receive an individualized treatment plan that addresses your immediate needs and sets forth short and long-term goals.

It all starts with you believing together, WE can help you travel on a path to addiction recovery.

Contact us today for an appointment. If you or a loved one is in crisis,
seek emergency medical help immediately.