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Individualized Therapy for Addiction and Alcohol Use Disorders

Addiction is a complicated and multifaceted disease with biological, psychological, and social components that are all important to consider.

At Fifth Avenue Psychiatry, addiction is approached in an integrated manner, and we believe an addiction-trained psychiatrist is an optimal professional option for those who need treatment for such diseases and disorders.

What Is Individualized Treatment?

An individualized treatment plan is a comprehensive approach to addiction and mental health recovery that uses an approach catered to the patient.

It is not based on a one-size-fits-all recovery model.

Our program addresses all behavioral health services, including therapies, counseling, and medication. During treatment, our doctor will work with the patient to help pinpoint their personal recovery goals and create steps to support their reaching them.

Why Is Professional Individualized Treatment Important?

As a medical doctor, a psychiatrist can genuinely understand and treat the biological underpinnings and physical side effects of addiction. As a trained psychotherapist, a psychiatrist can use evidence-based individual, family, and group therapy modalities to treat the underlying psychological and social issues, as well as the psychological and social aftermath of self-destructive addictive behavior.

As a double-boarded psychiatrist in both Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry, Dr. Glazer can fully evaluate, understand, treat, and coordinate care for those struggling with addiction.

What Is The Connection Between Substance Use Disorders And Mental Illness?

It’s very common for people to experience substance use disorders (SUDs) and mental illness simultaneously. Substance abuse may trigger mental health problems or poor mental health and lead to unhealthy coping methods with substances. Regardless of how either developed, it’s important to address them as co-occurring disorders, known as a dual diagnosis. In treatment, an individualized plan can use a combination of therapies, counseling, and medication to get to the root cause of the problem while reducing the symptoms of both substance use and mental illness.

What Is The Best Form Of Treatment For Substance Use Disorders?

A solid combination of behavioral therapies and medication is an effective treatment for SUDs. In particular, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to work well in recovery. CBT teaches patients techniques and skills to better cope with their condition and overcome relapse urges. Similarly, medication can manage the symptoms that occur during withdrawal and deter future substance use.

Fifth Avenue Psychiatry for Individualized Therapy for Addiction and Mental Disorders

New and exciting evidence-based treatment modalities and the development of new medications have now allowed for all stages of treatment of addiction to be conducted in an outpatient setting.

At Fifth Avenue Psychiatry, we have taken addiction treatment to a higher level – comprehensive treatment of addiction in a private, confidential psychotherapy office located in Manhattan.

Schedule a meeting with us today to find out more.


Yes, this is referred to as dual diagnosis treatment, a form of rehab that addresses both mental health and addiction. By taking a dual approach, individuals can get to the core cause of their issues while working on both their mental health and substance addiction.

Psychotherapy paired with medication is the most common form of treatment for mental health conditions. The therapy components work through past traumas and learning new coping mechanisms, while medication can reduce the actual symptoms brought on by the disorder.

Depending on your condition, you can always start with either therapy or medication alone to see how effective it is in your situation. Oftentimes, a combination of therapy and medication shows the most long-term and beneficial results. This allows for a more comprehensive approach to recovery by targeting emotional and cognitive symptoms. For example, medication can work to reduce anxiety symptoms as therapy provides essential coping mechanisms.

The three C’s in mental health: Catch it, Check it, Change it.

This refers to how to cope with a negative or overwhelming thought. When a person has a sudden onset of anxious thoughts, they should catch it before it consumes them, check whether it is productive or true, and, if not, change it.

Example of how to practice this coping method:

Catch It: “I am bad at this.” (This is the thought in question)
Check It: “Am I bad at this? No, I am new to this.”
Change it: “I am doing a good job in the learning process.”