Addiction Medicine

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner & Concierge Medicine located in Beaufort, Hyde, Pitt, Martin, Washington and Dare Counties, Belhaven, NC

Addictions to opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers ruin the addict’s life and cause untold distress to their loved ones. If you recognize you need help with substance misuse, talk to Laureen Koehler, FNP-C, at House Calls, LLC. The practice is based in Belhaven, North Carolina, but serves the entire state via secure telemedicine. Laureen also makes home visits to patients in Beaufort County and Hyde County. Call to benefit from her expertise in addiction medicine or book a home visit or telehealth appointment online today.

Addiction Medicine Q & A

What is addiction medicine?

Addiction medicine helps you recover from substance use disorder, a serious mental health condition where an obsession with a specific drug takes over your life.

Many substances can trigger addiction, but some of the most common are heroin (an illegal opioid), prescription opioid painkillers, and alcohol.

At House Calls, LLC, Laureen provides expert addiction medicine services that support you while you stop taking your chosen drug. She also guides you beyond withdrawal to reclaim your mental and physical health.


How do I benefit from addiction medicine?

Addiction medicine is highly beneficial for anyone trapped by substance use disorder. When you initially take a drug for its pleasurable effects, it’s enjoyable and intoxicating. You want to feel the same way again, so you take more of the drug, but the more you take, the more your body adapts to the substance.

Consequently, you must take higher doses more frequently to feel anything. Eventually, you have to take the drug just to get through the day. Nothing else seems as important, so your health, relationships, family life, and work all suffer. Without intervention, you could lose them all. You could also overdose or take a contaminated substance that proves fatal.

Addiction medicine is a proven way of significantly increasing your chances of successfully quitting and staying off drugs. You can rebuild your life and regain health and happiness with Laureen’s expertise in addiction medicine.


What does addiction medicine involve?

The most effective treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction is medication-assisted treatment (MAT). This program combines medication with talk therapy to make withdrawal more manageable and prevent relapses.

The medications Laureen uses are buprenorphine (Suboxone®) and methadone. These drugs are similar to the opioids you’re addicted to but don’t give you the same high. They help by reducing the severity of common withdrawal symptoms, such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Dry mouth
  • Abdominal pain
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Disorientation
  • Cravings

Simply stopping taking your drug makes withdrawal so difficult and distressing that it’s exceptionally hard to succeed. Using medication makes the process far less challenging.

House Calls, LLC’s addiction medicine treatment consists of regular telemedicine appointments, a convenient way to access the ongoing support you need remotely via a laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Every third appointment is a house call, where Laureen visits you at home or work.

Call House Calls, LLC, to learn more about benefiting from addiction medicine, or book an appointment online today.