Addiction Medicine Specialist

Spectrum Pain Clinics

Pain Management & Addiction Medicine located in Jackson, TN & Cordova, TN

Addiction medicine provides comprehensive care, helping you to safely recover from an addiction and stay healthy as you move forward into a life that’s free from drugs or alcohol. At Spectrum Pain Clinics, Jeffrey Hall, MD, and the staff addictionologist — a board-certified doctor of addiction medicine — offer holistic care that includes medication-assisted treatment for addictions together with ongoing pain management. If you need help with substance abuse or addiction, don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Call the office in Jackson or Cordova, Tennessee, or use the online booking system today.

Addiction Medicine Q&A

What is addiction medicine?

Addiction medicine is a specialty field that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of people with an addiction. An addictionologist is a doctor who goes a step further to care for the spectrum of physical and mental health challenges associated with addictions.

What are the benefits of addiction medicine at a pain clinic? 

If you’re like many others who started taking narcotics to relieve pain, you might still need help for the pain even after detoxing. Spectrum Pain Clinics offers many effective, non-narcotic treatments that provide long-lasting pain relief.

The on-staff addictionologist is available on referral from a primary care or another physician, or you can choose to undergo addiction medicine at Spectrum Pain Clinics on your own.

What substance use disorders does addiction medicine treat?

Spectrum Pain Clinics offers compassionate care to people struggling with many types of substance use disorders and addictions. They can help whether your challenge comes in the form of:

  • Alcohol
  • Opioids (e.g., heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, Vicodin®)
  • Methamphetamines
  • Barbiturates (tranquilizers)
  • Hallucinogens (e.g., LSD, PCP, ketamine, MDMA/ecstasy)

Though marijuana is a less dangerous drug than narcotics, 30% of people who use this drug have marijuana use disorder; 9% develop an addiction. 

What is medication-assisted treatment (MAT)?

MAT is the most effective treatment currently available for addiction. When you get MAT, your treatment combines medications with therapy.

MAT medications

Your Spectrum Pain Clinics provider prescribes narcotics and other medications that prevent withdrawal symptoms, stop cravings, and block the effect of opioids.

When you first start using an addictive substance, your brain releases waves of chemicals that relieve pain and give you a rush of euphoria. 

As you keep taking the drug, physical changes take place in your brain that make you crave the drug and that make you need ever-larger doses. The medications you take when you detox also help to normalize your brain chemistry. 

Examples of the medications used during detox include:

  • Buprenorphine
  • Naloxone
  • Suboxone®
  • Methadone
  • Naltrexone

When you receive any of these medications, you stay under the close supervision of the addictionologist at Spectrum Pain Clinics.

MAT therapy 

MAT includes therapy because it gives you the skills needed for a long-lasting recovery. Substance abuse and addictions are chronic diseases. 

Like all chronic health conditions, medications don’t cure the problem. Therapy helps you learn to manage the habits, emotions, and behavioral challenges that trigger you to return to your addiction.

If you need help with any type of substance use disorder or addiction and chronic pain, call Spectrum Pain Clinics, or request an appointment online today.