Discreet Substance Abuse Treatment in Philadelphia
Dr. Christopher Pagnani was trained at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in treating individuals on an outpatient basis for various struggles related to difficulties with addiction, substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment. He has tailored this area of his practice to young adults and professionals who would like focused treatment that does not interfere with either work or school. While 30 or 90 day rehabilitation programs in Philadelphia may be appropriate and beneficial, some individuals are simply not able to take this time off, without it causing their struggle to become “public knowledge” or impacting their professional or scholastic career.
Specifically, Dr. Pagnani is trained in outpatient alcohol detoxification, alcohol withdrawal treatment, outpatient benzodiazepine detoxification, benzodiazepine withdrawal treatment, pain medication detoxification and opiate detoxification, opiate withdrawal treatment, opiate maintenance treatment, outpatient cocaine and stimulant abuse treatment and others.
Dr. Pagnani is also trained in tapering individuals off of medications that are used for pain, anxiety or mood difficulties. For example, tapering an individual off of clonazepam that has been used for sleep for 10 years (as prescribed) or tapering an individual off of Effexor (venlafaxine) – which is used for depression but often has significant withdrawal symptoms.
What is “dual diagnosis?”
Dual diagnosis refers to individuals who have both a difficulty with substance abuse or dependence and an underlying struggle with mood, anxiety or other psychiatric disorder. It is estimated that approximately 50% of individuals needing treatment for alcohol dependence, treatment for benzodiazepine dependence, treatment for opiate dependence or stimulant abuse fall into this category. Therefore, there is often a great benefit to having a physician who specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders concurrently treating the individual’s addiction. This allows for both therapy and medication management to be optimized and tailored to the individual. It also minimizes the risk of either over-diagnosis or failure to diagnose an underlying medical illness that is fully treatable (such as anxiety or depression). Dual diagnosis treatment is not as effective, if only one piece of an individual’s struggle is taken into consideration.
Are visits confidential?
Dr. Pagnani’s office is a discreet and outpatient environment. Patients have reserved times for visits (meaning that patients are typically not waiting in a lobby with other individuals). Dr. Pagnani is a solo-practitioner and handles all calls, scheduling and billing himself regarding this aspect of his practice. Since he is an out-of-network provider, he does not send bills or information to insurance companies (patients may choose to do so). Individuals often see Dr. Pagnani from New Jersey or the Philadelphia Suburbs because they prefer a more discreet treatment option for addiction.
* All visits are by appointment only and a discussion about your unique situation is mandatory prior to setting up an initial consultation. Please feel free to call Dr. Pagnani directly.