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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – Treatment With A Dark Side – Part III

Examples of harm caused by AA and NA meeting attendance and 12-step based treatment: A young woman stopped her antidepressant after attending AA meetings for a few months. The reason? Her sponsor told her to stop taking her medication because she was not “clean”. Despite a few years in intensive psychotherapy, this young woman’s depression had never really improved. She eventually started taking an antidepressant for her illness, and within

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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) -Treatment With A Dark Side-Part II

It has been my experience that the biological treatment of addiction (medication) is frequently at odds with 12-step based treatment (AA and NA). I have seen, heard, or read about patients who were told to not start medication, or to stop their medication. Why were they told to stop? “Because you are not clean, or you are not sober, if you take medication”. Who are these people telling someone addicted

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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – Treatment With A Dark Side – Part I

 I acknowledge that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), which are based on the 12-steps, do help some people to obtain abstinence. However, the longer that I am in practice, I have been convinced that attending AA and NA meetings cause some people to relapse, or even overdose and die. The same holds true for outpatient and inpatient treatment centers that are strictly based on the 12-steps. However, it

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Alcohol Treatment Options

Over the years in private practice, I have begun to recognize certain patterns in the types of patients that tend to respond, or not respond, to the alcohol treatment options that are available. I have been seeing that patients who drink alcohol mainly for it’s anti-anxiety and after work/end of the day calming effect, tend to respond very well to drugs that exert their effect on the GABA receptors in

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How to Not Complete A Benzo Detox

I have my own ‘formula’ for success when it comes to benzodiazepine detoxification. It is not the only way, but it is the way that has worked for me, and for the patients that I have treated, since starting private practice. Most of the patients that come to me for this treatment have anxiety disorders. They have become physically dependent on prescription benzodiazepines that are being taken as prescribed. They

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Crack Cocaine, Alcohol, and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

 This past Wednesday, Toronto mayor Rob Ford has decided to seek professional help for his substance abuse. The media has shown Mr. Ford intoxicated on alcohol, as well as smoking crack cocaine. His addiction appears to be severe. His resulting functional impairment and inability to stop using have publicly derailed his career. How are alcohol and stimulants such as cocaine related? Both of these drugs go hand in hand. Some

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Dr. Kloda Discusses Suboxone (Buprenorphine/Naloxone) Treatment on the Dr. Steve Show

There is a disturbing trend going on that you may have heard about. People wanting to feel more energized, more upbeat, and less stressed out from their busy lives. They start their morning with a cup of coffee and a prescription narcotic pain killer call oxycodone. Well, soon they find themselves addicted, and with a much more serious problem. Joining me now is doctor Stuart Kloda. He is an Addiction

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Baclofen for Alcohol Addiction

Online PR News – 10-April-2014 –Baclofen is a medication that can be used for the treatment of addiction to alcohol. It is a medication that has actually been around for a long time. It is a muscle relaxant that is used to treat severe muscle spasticity. “Baclofen can be a miracle drug for some people who are addicted to alcohol.” Baclofen mainly works at the GABA-B receptor. This causes muscular relaxation. It also

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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