1860 El Camino Real, Suite 301, Burlingame CA 94010

Phone: (650) 552-8100
Fax: (650) 552-8105

Addiction Medicine

Addictive Disease is a medical condition, not a mental illness.  It should be treated with a caring and compassionate approach and with a comprehensive treatment plan.  The patient, and whenever possible, the family and friends should all understand the plan.

We treat many patients for both primary care and addiction.  Patients in recovery are less likely to be prescribed medications that put their sobriety in jeopardy by our clinicians.  Well meaning practitioners who do not truly understand that “addiction is a disease”, rather than a lack of willpower, may give inappropriate prescriptions to addicts in recovery.  A wide variety of “non-addicting” medications can often be used to treat insomnia, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, depression and other similar conditions.

Addicts are often ashamed and embarrassed to tell the whole truth.  Our unique practice allows for patients to feel comfortable to express their personal needs without shame or guilt.
Because of the overlap between Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine we serve as a referral resource for many local providers in Pain Management.   We use a variety of opioid and non-opioid medications to treat chronic pain.

Our physicians have undergone rigorous training and have a lot of experience in the field of Addiction Medicine. We are all  members of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. (ASAM)
It is the professional organization that represents physician specialists in the field of Addiction Medicine.

The following services are provided:

Detoxification

Medically managed detoxification includes the use of medications to minimize the symptoms associated with drug withdrawal.

  • Inpatient detoxification at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in San Mateo, CA.
  • Outpatient detoxification for alcohol and opiates, through our office in Burlingame. Outpatient detoxification will only be used in those cases where we feel it is medically appropriate. 

Rehabilitation Services

  • This is the most important aspect of recovery.    For many patients, quitting drug use is “easy”, but “staying quit” is where the challenge is.  Rehabilitation is to help you “stay quit.”  There can be a lot of resistance to this aspect of treatment, especially from patients who have never been through a treatment program.
  • We refer to a variety of local addiction rehabilitation services.  These include the Mills-Peninsula Chemical Dependency Outpatient Program, 12-Step Programs,  individual and group therapy and many community-based treatment programs.  Depending on individual patient needs, we can refer to regional and national residential treatment programs.

Important aspects of the recovery process include

  • Medically managed detoxification
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Individual counseling
  • Educational and interactive lectures
  • Stress reduction
  • 12 Step programs
  • Medical support from an addiction specialist
  • Anger management