Addiction Treatment

Daniel Smeester, MD -  - Addiction Treatment Center

Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services

Daniel Smeester, MD

Addiction Treatment Center located in San Ramon, CA

The fight against addiction takes a lifetime of perseverance, but the compassionate team at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services wants to help shoulder the burden of that fight. At their conveniently located facility in San Ramon, California, the medical team provides a number of addiction treatment services to suit every person who walks through their doors. If an emergency room visit, or hospital admission, is needed, Dr. Smeester can consult, as he is the Addiction Medicine physician at Stanford ValleyCare Hospital in Pleasanton, near the San Ramon offices. From medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to intensive counseling (IOP), Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services is a full-service treatment center that works with you to help you take control of your addiction. If hospitalization or residential therapy is needed or desired, Dr. Smeester will facilitate this process with referrals, if possible. Call the office or schedule an appointment with Daniel Smeester, MD, online to learn more.

Addiction Treatment Q & A

What is addiction?

Addiction is a complex brain condition characterized by compulsive habits that you continue to partake in despite the consequences. Those struggling with addiction also have distorted thinking that causes them to have intense cravings for the object of their addiction.

As you become more addicted to a certain substance or activity, you start to build a tolerance to it, which is why most people start using more and more to feel the same pleasure. Without early intervention and proper treatment, addiction can impact your relationships, professional work life, health, and finances.

How do I know if I have an addiction?

You may not even realize you have an addiction until a trusted friend, relative, or even co-worker points out changes in your behavior, including:

  • Weight loss
  • Dilated pupils
  • Hyperactivity 
  • Fatigue
  • Missing work or school
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Loss of interest
  • Defensive attitude
  • Financial problems
  • Relationship issues
  • Insomnia
  • Changes in personal hygiene

You can develop an addiction to many things, but some of the most common and dangerous substances include:

  • Alcohol
  • Opioids
  • Marijuana
  • Inhalants
  • Tobacco
  • Cocaine
  • Sedatives such as Xanax, Ativan

Compulsive habits are hard to break, which is why Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services wants to lend a helping hand.

How is addiction treated?

It’s extremely difficult to overcome addiction on your own. Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services tell their clients to prepare to remain in addiction treatment for at least 3 months. Some of the addiction treatment options the clinic offers to make this journey easier are:

Detox

Detox is always the first step in any drug or alcohol recovery plan. During your detox period, it’s important to abstain from using drugs or alcohol to ensure the substance clears out of your system. Unfortunately, withdrawal symptoms are often so severe that many patients relapse early in their recovery. 

That’s why Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services uses medications like naltrexone compressed opiate detoxification (NCOD) and suboxone to ease the symptoms of withdrawal. The facility also gives patients an opportunity to detox in the care of compassionate, trained medical professionals.

Addiction treatment

How Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services treat your addiction depends on a number of factors, including the length and severity of your addiction. They offer several different addiction treatment programs to help you recover in the most comfortable way possible. From medication-assisted treatment (MAT) including Vivitrol injections to intensive therapy, family counseling, and health monitoring, the entire team is dedicated to your recovery.

Aftercare services

The Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services team understands that staying sober is difficult, even after your commitment to treatment. That’s why they provide continuous comprehensive aftercare services, which you can talk to them about before completing your initial recovery treatment.

To learn more, call the addiction experts at Diablo Valley Drug and Alcohol Services or schedule an appointment online.