What should I expect in treatment?

Treatment with Dr. Aviva looks beyond your addiction or substance abuse problem to create a customized treatment plan that targets your well-being. As a family doctor, she is here to treat you based on your individual needs and goals. At Thalia Medical Center, addiction is treated as a chronic disease (as defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine), and you will receive the help that you need. Dr. Aviva will work with you to implement positive changes that aid in recovery overall.

You can expect to begin with weekly or semi-weekly visits, which may decrease in frequency as you progress.

What are your fees? Do you take insurance?

Dr. Aviva is not an in-network provider for any insurance plan or for Medicare/Medicaid.  She will work with you and your insurance companies as an out-of-network provider. Insurance plans may reimburse a percentage of the session fees depending on the plan’s out-of-network mental health benefits. She is able to provide invoices, upon request, that include the information insurance companies generally require for reimbursement.

What is an addiction doctor? Are you Board Certified?

Dr. Aviva is certified in addiction medicine (Certification Number: 2012150) by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. This certification provides assurance that Dr. Aviva has the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and treat addiction.

"Board certification is the highest level of practice recognition given to physicians in Addiction Medicine. It indicates that an Addiction Medicine physician has met the clinical and educational criteria to be eligible to sit for a rigorous six-hour written examination, and has successfully passed the examination. Certification by ABAM is renewed annually through successful completion of Maintenance of Certification. The physician must continue to participate in CME courses and Self-Assessment activities, and must periodically retake an examination to document that his or her knowledge and skills are up-to-date."- American Board of Addiction Medicine

Will you tailor addiction treatment to my needs?

Dr. Aviva will work with you to create a treatment program that uses techniques and methods that fit your needs and circumstances. She will collaborate with your primary physician and therapist to bring you the best care possible.

Can you help my son overcome his substance abuse problem?

Dr. Aviva aims to stop cravings for drugs and heal whatever contributes to your child’s drug addiction. Addiction is defined as a chronic disease of the brain and, like many other chronic diseases, is treatable when using evidence based treatments. Dr. Aviva uses a variety of treatment options to assist in recovery.
Addiction treatment will target the physical and psychological triggers for addiction. Call us to learn more, or just fill out the contact form and click Send.

What is medication assisted treatment for substance abuse?

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders.
"A combination of medication and counseling and behavioral therapy is effective in treating alcohol and opioid dependency."
— The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Click here for more.

What is pharmacogenetic testing?

As a step towards creating a more accurate and personalized treatment plan, Dr. Aviva offers pharmacogenetic testing. In many patients, certain drugs do not work as well as expected, whereas in other patients they cause toxic effects, even at lower doses. For some patients, the reason may be genetic. Click here for more information.

How can I get to your office if I don’t drive?
Dr. Aviva’s office is accessible by public transportation. (Bus Rte 44, 105, 106, R5 and Paoli/Thorndale train with a short walk from the Haverford train station).

More Questions?
If you don’t seen answers to your questions about addiction and recovery, please contact Dr. Aviva with your questions


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