Addiction

Abdulhassan  Saad, MD -  - Addiction Medicine Specialist

Abdulhassan Saad, MD

Addiction Medicine Specialist & Primary Care Physician located in Dearborn, MI

Alcohol and drug addiction is a chronic disease, and not something you can manage without medical help. Abdulhassan Saad, MD, in Dearborn, Michigan, is board-certified in addiction medicine and offers treatment for both opioid and alcohol dependency at his medical practice. To get the medical help and support you need to overcome your addiction, call the office today, or book an appointment online.

Addiction Q & A

What is addiction?

Addiction is a chronic disease that affects both the body and brain. You can become addicted to drugs or alcohol. It isn’t a criminal or behavioral condition, but a primary disease that affects the brain’s reward circuitry, leading to impulse control issues and altered judgment. Like other chronic illnesses, it’s a condition that may lead to remission and relapse, and it requires ongoing medical care and management.

Without proper treatment, addiction can lead to other health issues or an early death.

What are the symptoms of addiction?

Symptoms of addiction vary in severity and type. Common symptoms that may indicate you or your loved one is suffering from an addiction include:

  • Intense urges to use the drug
  • Need to use the drug every day in increasingly larger amounts
  • Going to great lengths to ensure access or adequate supply of the drug
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Not meeting work or family responsibilities
  • Not being able to stop using the drug despite your efforts

Dr. Saad is an addiction specialist and offers a comprehensive program for opioid and alcohol dependency to help you get the medical support you need and deserve to manage your addiction.

What is alcohol dependence?

Many people drink alcohol to unwind, celebrate, or to be social. However, some of those people have a difficult time controlling the amount of alcohol they consume. Over time, excessive alcohol consumption leads to alcohol dependence that causes withdrawal symptoms when you don’t consume alcohol, such as:

  • Shaking
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Nervousness
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Hallucinations

In severe cases, alcohol dependence can cause seizures.

Alcohol dependence can affect many aspects of your life, from work to home. But there is help. Dr. Saad provides medical treatment to manage the withdrawal symptoms and suppress the cravings, so you can stop drinking and take back control of your life.

What treatments can help my addiction or dependence?

Dr. Saad offers an addiction program for patients with an alcohol abuse problem or for those who have successfully completed a recovery or detox program for opioid dependence, using Vivitrol®. This medication is a monthly injection that helps reduce cravings and prevents relapse. Before starting Vivitrol, you must be opioid-free for a minimum of 7-14 days.

For patients with an active opiate problem, Dr. Saad provides supervised buprenorphine, which helps reduce your use and eventually stop opiate use altogether. He also offers Suboxone® for the treatment of opioid dependence.

In addition to the medication to help you during your recovery, Dr. Saad also helps you manage withdrawal symptoms, provides you with much needed medical support, and gets you the counseling you need to understand your addiction and how you can manage it.

Addiction is a disease that requires medical management. Dr. Saad is an addiction specialist and offers medication, counseling, and support. For management of your addiction, call Abdulhassan Saad, MD, today, or book an appointment online.