Austin Addiction Medicine Associates
Healing and Sobriety are Possible for Anyone!
Accurate diagnosis and timely treatment of common psychiatric diseases is crucial to the success of patients attempting to get sober. All evaluations are performed by Dr. Masters in a comprehensive and systematic manner in order to arrive at the correct diagnosis and treatment.
Overdose is the #1 cause of Accidental Death in America today. Opioids combined with Xanax or Alcohol is the usual cause of death. In order to intervene in the disease of Opioid Dependence it is necessary to interrupt the cycle of craving, relapse, and withdrawal which imprisons the Heroin or Opioid user in an endless cycle of addiction. Suboxone interrupts the cycle.
Depression is not a weakness of character, an inability to deal with life, a case of chronic wimphood, or a moral failing. It is a neurochemical imbalance in your brain that can be triggered by general anesthesia, viral infections (e.g. Covid-19), or stressful life circumstances. The medications used to treat depression are safe, effective, cheap (usually), and well tolerated. Left untreated, depression can cause relapse to your addictive disorder.
This diagnosis is very common in the addict/alcoholic population and it is crucial to treat this appropriately. Bipolar is the most common cause of suicide. Untreated bipolar individuals have a suicide rate that is 10-30 times that of the normal population. Long term treatment with medication is usually indicated.
Detoxification and treatment of Alcoholism are central to Dr. Masters’ practice. Individual assessment and referral to inpatient or outpatient treatment programs are standard practice in addition to the use of medications to decrease cravings. AA is strongly encouraged because it has a good track record and its free.
Many of the anti-depressants used to treat Depression are also effective for anxiety. Dr. Masters tries to avoid the use of Benzodiazepines (aka, Xanax and its relatives) in the addict population because these are drugs of abuse. Dr. Masters will work with you to find the right combination of medication to relieve your angst.
Treatment of ADHD must take into account several factors and there is no “One Size Fits All” approach to this diagnosis. Patients who are not adequately treated for this illness often perform poorly in work or school and they have difficulty learning the cognitive skills to successfully negotiate sobriety.
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Why Choose AAMA
Dr. Masters is the only Addiction Medicine doctor in Austin, TX to have been awarded “Top Doctor” status (based on the opinion of his peers) 4 years in a row. Dr. Masters teaches the Addiction Medicine portion of the Psychiatry rotation for Texas A&M School of Medicine in Round Rock, TX; he has lectured widely on Addiction Medicine Topics; he spent 5 years doing inpatient addiction treatment; and he was the Medical Director of MARS Methadone Clinic for 6 years. Dr. Masters’ most recent lecture was on “The Diagnosis and Treatment of the Addicted Physician” which he did for the Texas Medical Association and the Travis County Medical Society.
Medical Student Education
Dr. Masters is actively involved in medical student and resident education in an effort to increase the knowledge base of our younger doctors in this overtly neglected, but extremely important, area of medicine.
A Commitment to Getting it Right
Accurate diagnosis, timely treatment, and effective problem solving.
Videos & Radio
Principal Broadcasting Scroll down the page and click on "Dr. Matthew Masters, Addiction Medicine 7:38" https://www.principalbroadcasting.com/profiles
"Suboxone and Methadone for Treatment of Heroin and Opiate Dependence"