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Addiction Specialist

Salisu Aikoye, MD -  - Psychiatrist

Sal Psychiatry Services

Salisu Aikoye, MD

Psychiatrist & Addiction Psychiatrist located in Norwalk, CA

Opioid addictions and other substance misuse disorders are common in the United States, affecting nearly 20 million people ages 12 and older. At Sal Psychiatry Services in Norwalk, California, Salisu Aikoye, MD, and the expert team offer addiction treatment, including opioid treatment, to help you or a loved one break addictive habits. Schedule an appointment by phone or online to get started today. Telehealth appointments are also available.

Addiction Q & A

  1. What is addiction?

Prescription drug misuse and other addictions occur when you use a substance illegally or not the way the prescribing doctor intends. You might wish to stop using opioid medicines or other substances but can’t without help from medical experts. 

Examples of addictions the Sal Psychiatry Services team can treat include:

  • Marijuana
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
  • Ecstasy
  • Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB)
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Methamphetamine
  • Glue
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Ketamine
  • Bath salts
  • Kratom 
  • Vicodin, heroin, Norco, and other opioids

Long-term addiction or substance misuse can cause problems with your physical and mental health.

What are the risk factors for addiction?

Anybody can develop an addiction, but some factors increase your risk of experiencing it. Examples include a family history of addiction, past addictions, mental health disorders, peer pressure, easy access to prescription medications, and traumatic life events.

Complications associated with substance or prescription medication misuse can include liver or kidney problems, accidents, overdose, and death, so you should seek treatment at the first sign of an addiction. 

What are the symptoms of an addiction?

If you experience opioid misuse or another addiction, you might notice the following signs or symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Feeling high
  • Slowed breathing rates
  • Poor coordination
  • Poor decision making
  • Taking increased doses
  • Slurred speech or confusion
  • Unsteady walking or dizziness
  • Memory problems
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Agitation, irritation, or paranoia
  • Insomnia

It’s often difficult to stop taking opioids or illegal substances despite your best efforts if you have an addiction. Stopping abruptly can cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms – such as sweating, anxiety, fatigue, depression, vomiting, shaking, hallucinations, or seizures.

How does my doctor diagnose an addiction?

To properly diagnose an addiction, your Sal Psychiatry Services specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They ask questions about your substance or opioid use, complete a physical examination, and might recommend you undergo blood or urine tests.

What are my addiction treatment options?

To treat an addiction and reduce your risk of recurrence, your psychiatrist might recommend the following:

Counseling

Counseling teaches you behavioral change strategies that help you cope with and treat addiction. Your specialist might recommend counseling in addition to taking medications – also known as medication-assisted therapy.

Medication-based treatments

Medication-based therapies include tapering off prescription opioid doses or taking medications that reduce withdrawal symptoms and the urge to use addictive substances.

Don’t let an addiction diminish your physical health, mental health, job performance, or interpersonal relationships. Schedule an appointment with Sal Psychiatry Services by phone or book online today.