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Addiction Treatment Specialists Say Heroin Deaths Avoidable

The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from a heroin overdose has brought about a lot of discussion regarding medical treatment to prevent heroin deaths. I will not “diagnose” Mr. Hoffman in any specific manner, as it is unethical to do so for a person that one has never seen or examined in person. I cringe when I see physician television personalities “diagnose” celebrities whom they have never spoken with.

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5 Things to Know About Addiction & Addiction Treatment

Stuart Kloda, M.D. maintains a solo Addiction Medicine practice in New York City specializing only in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. “Addictions can affect highly functioning people, threatening their careers, families and homes,” he says. Stuart Kloda, M.D., addiction specialist in NYC Online PR News – 03-January-2014 –FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ADDICTION 1. People do not have to “hit bottom” in order to be motivated to start treatment

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NYC Addiction Specialist Stuart Kloda, MD – “Texas District Attorney Arrested for Drunk Driving”

This past weekend, a district attorney in Travis County, Texas, was arrested for drunk driving. It is sad to see the dysfunctional effects that alcohol abuse has had on her life. This district attorney was apparently highly regarded. She was the first female district attorney in Travis County, who also won her latest reelection unopposed. Ideally, medical treatment for alcohol and drug abuse would start before a person’s life starts

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Stuart Kloda, MD – NYC Suboxone – Huffington Post Response to NY Times Article – “Addiction Treatment with a Dark Side”

The Huffington Post responded to the New York Times article on Suboxone – “Addiction Treatment with a Dark Side” with this article: New York Times Misses Mark on Buprenorphine Drug “In a lengthy front page story called: “Addiction Treatment with a Dark Side,” The New York Times recently drew attention to buprenorphine, a medication used to treat addiction to heroin and prescription opioids. As physicians and researchers studying addiction and its treatment, we were glad

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Stuart Kloda, MD Responds To N.Y. Times Article “Addiction Treatment with a Dark Side”

New York, NY – I have a solo addiction medicine practice in New York City specializing only in the treatment of alcohol and drug addictions. I am not associated with any pharmaceutical companies or institutions. My medical practice is not exclusively a Suboxone practice. I of course do prescribe Suboxone for the treatment of addiction to opioids. I feel that the recent New York Times article highlighted important information about

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Part III – Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD)

Medication treatment for HPPD includes serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac and Zoloft. In addition to treating the anxiety disorder, SSRIs treat HPPD in another way. Hallucinogens such as LSD (“acid”) and psilocybin (“mushrooms”) exert their effect at one subtype of the serotonin receptor. When a patient takes an SSRI, their number of serotonin receptors decreases. With less serotonin receptors around, HPPD symptoms are reduced. Long-acting benzodiazepines (“benzos”) such

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Part II – Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD)

HPPD can be thought of as an anxiety disorder due to an acquired synesthesia. Synesthesia is defined as a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color. HPPD can also be thought of as a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in response to a bad hallucinogenic “trip”. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for

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Part 1 – Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD)

Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder, or HPPD, is a disorder characterized by the continual presence of sensory disturbances, usually visual, that are reminiscent of those generated by the ingestion of hallucinogens such as LSD. HPPD is different from “acid flashbacks” in that they are relatively permanent from day to day, while flashbacks are transient. The DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) lists the following criteria for the diagnosis of

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Self-Injurious Behavior

Is There a Connection Between Self-Harm and Addiction? Self Injurious Behavior (SIJ) is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue, most often done without suicidal intentions. Cutting is a common form of SIJ. SIJ is common in patients with borderline personality disorder (which I will discuss in another post). Borderline personality disorder has a high incidence of concurrent substance abuse. The following video provides an excellent description and

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Stuart Kloda, MD – Addiction Medicine and Suboxone Doctor in New York City

  Hello, my name is Dr. Stuart Kloda, and I opened a unique solo private practice specializing in Addiction Medicine in New York City. I completed a two-year fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the Addiction Institute of New York at St. Lukes & Roosevelt hospitals. I am board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. I offer discreet and confidential one-on-one treatment in a beautiful office at Columbus Circle.

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  • He is a man who has a clear understanding of the mentality of this delicate situation. His professionalism and knowledge is unrivaled. He literally has changed my life and turned it around and I am now headed in the direction that I have always should have been headed towards. He is an expert in the field and I basically owe him for giving me my life back. He is extremely respectful and tells it how it is which is what you need with this type of treatment. I can not thank him enough.

    Anthony M

  • I can’t say enough about Dr. Kloda. I have been on Suboxone for a little under two years. I’ve always wanted to taper off, but my previous doctor did not seem interested in doing so. Instead, I think that she was just trying to keep me on it indefinitely so that she could get more office visits. I switched to Dr. Kloda, and the difference has been phenomenal. I have a very demanding and high pressure job. Dr. Kloda has been able to successfully start tapering me off, while allowing me to continue working without feeling sick. He takes his time, listens, is patient, and does not make you feel bad about yourself or judge you. I wish that I would have started Suboxone with him to begin with.

    J Greenspan

  • I feel fortunate that I found Dr. Kloda, and especially right before the holidays. He is the one that was finally able to help me stop drinking. I have been drinking my entire adult life. My drinking was getting more out of control the older that I was getting. Finally, at the age of 53yo, I have stopped drinking. It has now been one year since my last drink. Dr. Kloda prescribed baclofen for me. The baclofen actually takes away my cravings for alcohol. It even makes me feel indifferent to it. I have gone to rehab and detox a couple of times, and nothing has ever worked for any extended period of time. It is amazing that with just one presciption, along with counseling by Dr. Kloda, my life has really turned around.

    I enjoy working with Dr. Kloda. He is not formal or stuffy. I have never felt judged by him, and I think that he genuinely cares about his patients. His approach to addiction treatment is very open minded. I think that he is an unconventional guy, which I believe makes him very good at what he does.

    Mike C

  • Smart, intuitive, and actually cares about you. Highly recommended!

    Joseph B

  • I started seeing Dr. Kloda for alcohol abuse six months ago. I can only say I wish I’d started seeing him sooner. He is extraordinarily thorough in assessing a diagnosis and was able to start me on a course of action that has kept me away from alcohol from the moment I went to his office. And, for me, the process has been surprisingly easy. This will likely not be the same result for everyone, but for those it works for, my goodness, it works well. I have actually not wanted alcohol since I started the treatment.

    I’ve seen comments about cost but I can only ask you to do a cost benefit analysis. The immediate savings I’ve seen from not buying alcohol combined with the longterm savings of reclaiming my health more than make up for the cost of seeing Dr. Kloda. In addition, there are the unseen future costs – court costs, hospital bills, loss of income, etc. – that are too often part of the equation with alcohol addiction. I feel like this was an investment that provide immediate and longterm returns.

    I thank Dr. Kloda every time I see him and I do it publicly here as I am truly thankful for the help he has given me. I have my life back and I owe it to him.

    Paul N, New York NY

  • Dr. Kloda is an experienced and well versed doctor. He is very empathetic with his patients and understands their needs. He has helped me a great deal with a slow Valium taper. He constantly monitors your progress. He is available by phone anytime and a great doctor.

    Chris H, New York NY

  • Dr. Kloda has been treating me with Suboxone for the past six months. My addiction to Percocet was getting worse, and I was becoming scared. I tried 12-step AA and NA meetings, but they were definitely not for me. I was eventually referred to Dr. Kloda by a co-worker, who is also a current patient of his. He came highly recommended, and I have been delighted with my treatment. Most importantly, I have found him to be extremely competent. He is also a nice guy who seems to genuinely care about me. When he says that he is available by phone seven days per week, he really means it! I have zero complaints – praises only!

    M Pryce, New York NY

  • Ok so some of the reviews are still skeptic and yes it is not cheap. But Dr Kloda is helping my wife. Her original dr who put her on the Rx drug did not know how to fix it and another Dr who had years of experience wanted to up her dose and give her more addictive drugs. Then there was the rehab places that wanted to take her out of state without her family. So that wasn’t working for us. We had serious trust issues with every Dr that we talked to.

    With lots of internet research she found Dr Kloda. After a few conversations with him she studied the Ashton method and found she wanted to go down this road.

    We find Dr Kloda to be extremely knowledgable about this method and about the chemical interactions on the various drugs that replaced her addictive drug. She has been doing well with his help and is almost done with the addictive drugs. Each session is an analyst of her well being and if she can reduce that week. Scripts are written and med boxes are filled. Outside of the sessions Dr Kloda is always available by phone for emergencies or if we have questions big or small. Other reviewers stated he only cares about the money and the TV fame. We found Dr Kloda cares a great deal about the person. He totally understands what we both are going through and is always there for my wife and I.

    Jeffrey R, Brooklyn NY

  • As much as I tried to quit cigarette smoking on my own, I had always gone back to it. It’s a horrible habit and I know it has terrible health consequences so I finally decided to get some professional help from someone who knows how to deal with all sorts of addictions from both the medical and psychological standpoint. Dr. Kloda helped me finally kick the cigarette habit; without him, I would have still being smoking myself to death. I really liked the fact that he spends a lot of time with you during his visits; I never felt rushed.

    Helen A, New York NY

  • I do not usually write many online reviews but on occasion I find a retailer or service provider that really is exceptional or is horrible enough that I feel I need to write a review.

    The reason I am writing this particular review is because Dr. Kloda is an exceptional Doctor.

    My background as an addict is extensive , and for these reasons I feel that I have a certain level of authority when if comes to Doctors and recovery. I’ve been in recovery in one form or another on and off for almost 20 years and I have been on Suboxone for about five years, I spent most of this time in recovery directed by two other doctors that prescribe Suboxone.

    Thomas V, Fulton NY

  • I was surprised to see a two star review for Dr. Kloda, so I am writing a five star review in response. Dr. Kloda was recommended to me by another patient of his, and he has been treating me for the past two years. I have found him to be extremely competent, genuinely caring, and available for questions and concerns.

    His office charges are in line with many other physicians in Manhattan, and you definitely get your money’s worth. He does not just write prescriptions. In addition to meds, He talks to you and does addiction counseling, as well as give you general advice and support.

    Joseph B, New York NY

  • As a patient, I can attest to Dr. Kloda’s expertise and practice and excellence. He is a remarkable physician. He is attentive, supportive, and is at the cutting edge of addiction medicine. He is broad minded in his approach and treats each of his patients with understanding and concern. He is extremely thorough and appreciates differences, both physiological and psychological. I found him remarkably intuitive and he means it when he says he is available by phone–and boy sometimes you need that. I found out recently that he is sometimes called on to speak to other doctors and psychiatrists about all kinds of addictive treatments and meds, including benzo’s–which so few doctors know about. I was fortunate to find him. I highly recommend him. And no, I have no affiliation with him or his practice other than as a patient.

    Jon F, Manhattan NY