What is The Program?

This is what separates us from other addiction treatment centers in Tampa.

The Program is a comprehensive six-step treatment recovery plan developed by Michael Kittay, MD to help patients safely and comfortably recover from addiction. Whether it’s a drug or alcohol addiction, The Program has been very effective and successful in helping people get the help they need.  Dr. Kittay works with each patient to create a strategy that is best for them, ensuring that their journey to recovery will be as easy as possible.  In addition to prescribing medications to treat each patient’s addiction problems, Dr. Kittay provides psychiatric treatment ensuring that every patient has care that covers all bases, meeting and solving their needs and concerns.

Step l, Outpatient Home Medical Detox

Under his direct supervision, Dr Kittay can safely and comfortably medically detox most of his patients in their home. Additional care is provided in the privacy of his medical office.

Medical Detox is the first and probably hardest step in addiction treatment. During detox, drugs and alcohol are cleared from the body, and this may be associated with painful withdrawal symptoms that can quickly lead to relapse if not adequately treated. Due to the dangers of self-detoxification, going “cold turkey”, it is vitally important to safely monitor patients and administer medications to ease withdrawal symptoms.

Dr. Kittay has developed medical detox protocols to make this experience as safe and comfortable as possible. As the name implies, Medical Detox is the supervised use of medication to minimize ” dope sickness”, withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Most patients can be treated in the comfort of their home.  Most of his patients do not need to be detoxed in inpatient facilities.

Step ll, Relapse Prevention

Following Outpatient Home Medical Detox, patients are  maintained on addiction medications to keep them sober, manage cravings and prevent relapse. “Medication Assisted Treatment” or MAT is the use of FDA approved medications for Prescription Pain Pills, Heroin, Fentanyl and Alcohol addictions. Medications are also available to help treat Stimulant, Sleep and Anxiety medication and marijuana addictions.

Step lll, Addiction Psychiatry

Psychiatric treatment for mental health problems occurring in addictions is essential to successful recovery. Dr. Kittay is a Harvard University trained psychiatrist who  is an expert in treating “Dual Diagnosed”  patients.  He treats all psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, Sleep Disorders,  ADHD and PTSD. All care is outpatient and is scheduled in his private medical office.

Step lV, Counseling and Behavioral Therapy

Since drug and alcohol treatment address both the causes and effects of addiction, counseling and behavioral therapy is an important part of  every treatment  plan. This  addresses issues associated  with motivation, behavior changes, and interpersonal and family relationships related to addiction. Understanding the causes of addiction helps  patients develop strategies to improve treatment outcomes.  There are a wide range of behavioral therapies available, and Dr. Kittay can determine which is most appropriate based on the type of addiction and other issues being treated.

Step V, Addiction Therapists and Counselors

Dr. Kittay  focuses on helping his patients understand their addiction, and on developing coping skills needed for recovery.  He coordinates care with addiction therapists and counselors, and other behavioral and mental health professionals.

Step Vl, Support Groups

Dr Kittay endorses support groups including 12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, as well as programs that utilize SMART Recovery approaches or other peer-counseling programs. These programs provide opportunities where people in recovery can connect with one another in an environment that promotes and supports long-term recovery.

Dr Kittay specializes in the treatment of:

  • Dual Diagnosis: Addictions and Co-occurring Psychiatric Disorders;
  • Poly -Drug Dependency: Addictions to more than one substance;
  • Substance Use Disorders in women during pregnancy and post-partum;
  • Drug and Alcohol use associated with Anxiety, Depression And Sleep Disorders;
  • Addictions related to the treatment of Medical Problems;
  • Addictions related to the treatment of Pain Problems;
  • Medical disorders related to addictions and high risk behaviors;
  • Male Sexual Dysfunction related to Substance Use;
  • Substance related suicidal thoughts and behaviors;

Addictions treated include:

  • Alcohol
  • Opioids: Prescription Pain Pills, Heroin, Fentanyl
  • Anxiety Medications: Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium
  • Sleep medications: Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata
  • Stimulants: Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Adderall

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