Substance abuse can be a very painful condition for many people. Substance abuse can have deleterious effects on careers, relationships and families.

Dr. Brendel’s Experience with Substance Abuse Treatment

As an experienced Psychiatrist, I have provided treatment for substance abuse to many patients. Please contact me today via telephone on (617) 932-1548 or email — or book an appointment with ZocDoc (link above). My offices are in Belmont and Boston Massachusetts, but patients come for treatment from all over the world.

One of the hardest and most painful parts of substance abuse for those who suffer from it, is that they may be aware of the need to curb the use of the substance but are unable to do so. I have treated patients with substance abuse for many years and continue to treat patients with substance abuse today.

Significant advances have been made in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of substance abuse over the past 30 years. For those of us in the medical profession who treat patients with substance abuse, there are a number of important tools that we can use to help patients.

Substance Dependence

In the medical profession today, substance abuse is generally considered to refer to substance dependence. Substance dependence is defined as an illness in which a person persists in the use of a substance (alcohol or drugs) despite experiencing significant problems caused by the use of the substance.

Substance abuse or dependence is often seen in conjunction with other conditions such as depression. In my practice, I focus on treating patients who are suffering not just from substance abuse, but also an additional condition such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.

If you feel as though you or someone you care about may be suffering from substance abuse, please contact me.