Comprehensive Addiction Treatment: Avoid Cravings and Relapse

Gracer Medical Group (GMG) has been treating patients with complex health issues since 1979. Because we are dedicated to treating the whole person, GMG Behavioral Health Services was created in 2005 to help our patients with the mental health and addiction problems that can co-exist with chronic pain.

Every year Gracer Medical Group sees hundreds of patients from Bakersfield to Sacramento suffering from chronic pain. Through the years we have discovered that dealing with ongoing pain has lead to other problems that often go unaddressed.

First, many of our patients also suffer from depression or anxiety, either as a side affect of chronic and debilitating pain or as an underlying contributor to the pain. Second, we have seen that many patients, in fact an alarming number of them, are addicted to pain medication.

Because chronic pain and addiction so often go hand in hand, there’s no better approach to treatment than a comprehensive program. At Gracer Medical Group, that’s just what we offer our patients from Bay Area cities like San Jose and Oakland: addiction treatment, pain management and other supporting treatments and therapies. Contact us; start your new life today.

GMG Behavior Health Services Five Step Program

The program comprises a comprehensive system to accurately diagnose and treat the underlying cause of substance abuse.

  1. Proper diagnosis of the real causes of pain consisting of:
    • A complete medical evaluation including the assessment of possible hormonal problems such as thyroid and sex hormones in both men and women.
    • Looking for causes of silent inflammation, often the source of pain.
  2. Psychosocial treatments:
    • Drinker’s Check Up and other brief therapy approaches
    • Solution focused therapy
    • Combined behavioral intervention
    • Family therapy
    • Intensive outpatient treatment in conjunction with New Connections, a well regarded non-profit organization
  3. Support groups
  4. Medical treatment for dealing with the cravings often associated with drug addiction:
    • Subutex, also known as buprenorphine, an FDA approved outpatient treatment for addiction to narcotics, such as Vicodin, Norco, Oxycontin, methadone, and morphine.
    • PROMETA™, a treatment plan for alcohol, cocaine, and methamphetamine dependence
    • VIVITROL™ injections for alcohol dependence — recently approved by the FDA
    • Acupuncture – provided by Dr. Alon Marcus, Certified Acupuncturist
    • Treatment of underlying medical, neuropsychiatric, and nutritional issues
  5. Outpatient intensive treatment when needed is provided in partnership with New Connections, an award-winning nonprofit organization in Contra Costa County recognized as one of the top 20 programs in the country.

This type of comprehensive treatment takes a multi-disciplinary team approach. Richard I. Gracer, M.D., our medical director, is certified in addiction by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and has over 30 years of experience in the treatment of complex pain and nutritional problems. Steven Peterson, LCSW, has 20 years of experience treating substance abuse and pain patients in both clinical and research settings. Ann Tepperman, MSW specializes in treating complex addiction issues. Alon Marcus, DOM is a well known and respected expert in Chinese traditional medicine, addiction, and pain management, and Leni Felton is a certified clinical nutritionist who has many years of experience helping patients feel better.
We also stress the need for our patients to maintain their relationships with their current or referring primary care and mental health practitioners and are anxious to work closely with them.

Whether you live near San Francisco, Sacramento or Bakersfield, addiction treatment with Dr. Gracer makes sense. Call 925.277.1100 or send an email to find out about our program. Gracer Medical Group on Norris Canyon Road in San Ramon serves Central and Northern California and is especially convenient for residents of Walnut Creek, Danville, Dublin and Pleasanton.