Addiction Medicine

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Addiction Medicine is the speciality of treating people suffering with the disease of alcoholism, drug addiction and related illnesses. It includes the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of addicted people, and is a part of addictionology. A doctor specialising in addiction medicine will usually form part of a multidisciplinary addictions team that combine their skills to more effectively and comprehensive address addicted people’s needs.

Addiction medicine is a branch of medicine specifically focused on the treatment and management of addiction. Addiction medicine plays a important role in rehab centers and addiction treatment programs, as it combines medical knowledge with expertise in addiction to provide comprehensive care. Medical professionals who specialize in addiction medicine are trained to address both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction, tailoring treatment plans to meet individual needs.

Interestingly, addiction medicine has a rich history, dating back several decades. In the early 19th century, the first treatment centers for alcoholism emerged in the United States. Over time, the field has evolved considerably, incorporating advancements in medical research and the development of evidence-based practices.

In the addiction recovery community, you may come across several terminologies associated with addiction medicine. One common term is “”detoxification”” or simply “”detox,”” which refers to the process of removing toxic substances from the body. Medical professionals closely monitor this phase to ensure safety and provide necessary support throughout withdrawal.

Another term you may encounter is “”medication-assisted treatment”” (MAT). This approach combines the use of medications, such as methadone or buprenorphine, with counselling and behavioral therapies to treat opioid addiction. MAT has proven effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings, allowing individuals to focus on their recovery.

Addiction medicine also emphasizes the importance of addressing co-occurring mental health conditions, known as “”dual diagnosis”” or “”comorbidity.”” Many individuals struggling with addiction also present mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety. Proper diagnosis and integrated treatment for these conditions are vital for successful recovery.

It is worth noting that addiction medicine recognizes addiction as a chronic disease, similar to other medical conditions like diabetes or hypertension. This perspective helps remove the stigma associated with addiction, promoting empathy and understanding in society.

Addiction medicine has gained recognition as a specialized field of medicine, with several certifications and training programs available for healthcare professionals interested in this area. As a result, more professionals are equipped to provide effective and evidence-based care to those struggling with addiction.

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    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specializing in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa, and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance, the organization facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualized care that addresses the physical, mental, and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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