Dr. Vazirian has a rigorous background in research and clinical psychiatry in many different treatment settings and he specializes in the treatment of Opioid Addiction. Dr. Vazirian has a gentle and empathetic approach towards his patients, and his background gives him a unique perspective in providing evidence-based treatments in a caring and supportive environment.
Opioid Use Disorder is one of the most serious health conditions affecting millions of people worldwide. Current data suggests that while some people became addicted to opioids by abusing heroin or other opioids from the outset, the majority of cases begin with legitimate use of opioid painkillers prescribed by medical professionals for pain management. In these cases, opioids are used for a longer period of time than intended, and over time patients become addicted.
There are various treatment modalities for opioid use disorders, such as outpatient or residential rehabilitation programs, 12-step self-help groups, individual and group psychotherapies and medication assisted treatments. Most patients need a combination of treatment approaches to overcome their addiction.
There are three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder. Naltrexone blocks the effects of opioids and is not addictive itself. Patients who are on this medication (daily tablets or monthly intramuscular injection) stay abstinent from all opioids.
While some patients have success on Naltrexone, there are others who cannot maintain abstinence from opioids. For this group of patients, maintenance treatment with Methadone or Buprenorphine (both opioids) is suggested. Methadone is only available in specialized federally regulated clinics, while Buprenorphine is available as a form of office-based treatment.
Although Buprenorphine is an addictive opioid itself, if used within an appropriate treatment structure under the care of a medical health professional, it eliminates heroin and other opioid medication cravings, prevents serious medical consequences of drug use, and allows the patient to return to normal life activities.
Dr. Vazirian is a compassionate psychiatrist who deeply cares about his patient’s health and well-being. He works closely with each of his patients to develop a detailed treatment plan just for them. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vazirian and begin to feel better soon. We would be happy to hear from you. Give our dedicated scheduling team a call today at (619) 436-4691.
Doctor of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Health Services (Tehran, Iran)
Psychiatry Residency, Tehran University of Medical Sciences and Health Services (Tehran, Iran)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University (New Haven, CT)
Psychiatry Residency, Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Cleveland, OH)
Board Certification, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Board Certification, American Board of Preventive Medicine
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