Behavioral Health

Pinnacle Primary Clinic

Family Practice located in Bakersfield, CA

If alcohol and drugs are strongly affecting your life, you may have developed an addiction. Dr. Gohar Gevorgyan, Dr. Fakruddin Hasta, physician assistant Eural Gordon, and nurse practitioner Renee Rocha can help you overcome that addiction with medication, counseling, and support. If you’re looking for addiction help in Bakersfield, California, call Pinnacle Primary Care or use the online scheduler to get compassionate, professional help.

Behavioral Health Q & A

Which behavioral health issues can a primary care provider help with?

Your provider at Pinnacle Primary Care provides addiction resources, addiction treatment, and treatment for any coexisting health conditions. The team has expertise in treating the following:

  • Substance abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Addiction to benzodiazepines and opiates
  • Mood disorders

What are the risks of substance use disorders?

The effects of substance abuse can be far-reaching, affecting your relationships with your loved ones, your ability to work, and your mental state. Substance abuse can also damage your body from the inside and put you at a significantly higher risk of developing certain medical conditions, including:

  • Pneumonia
  • Mental illness
  • Infectious disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Lung disease
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Overdose and death

Addiction also makes managing existing health conditions much more difficult. The substances interfere with the body’s functions and medications, and impaired judgment can make people with addictions less likely to adhere to treatment.

How do doctors screen for behavioral health problems?

To assess risk, doctors may ask questions about moods and drug and alcohol habits. Patients should be as honest and forthcoming as possible, so they can receive the tools and resources they need.

Doctors will also make physical observations for indicators of addiction, such as:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Poor hygiene
  • Changes in demeanor
  • Agitation

What treatment options are available for behavioral health problems?

The providers at Pinnacle provide compassionate understanding toward behavioral health problems. They can help patients recover with medication, counseling, and support.

Medication

Several newer drugs are available to help treat addiction and other behavioral health issues. Buprenorphine is used to treat opioid addiction, and acamprosate is used for alcoholism. Extended-release naltrexone can be used to treat both.

Counseling

Doctors offer advice and counsel on drug use, including options for change. They can also provide referrals to an appropriate therapist or specialty treatment center.

Support

Primary care providers are available for ongoing support and may recommend follow-up appointments for reevaluation. They can also recommend support groups in your area to help you build a strong support team.

If you think you or a loved one has a problem with addiction, contact Pinnacle Primary Care online or over the phone as soon as possible.