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Substance Abuse Specialist

Elsa L Lerro, M.D. -  - Internal Medicine

Elsa L Lerro, M.D.

Internal Medicine located in Fresno, CA

Substance abuse is a challenging problem to face, which is why it’s so important that you have expert medical support as you transition out of abuse and into good health. At her practice in Fresno, California, board-certified internal medicine physician Elsa L. Lerro, MD, offers medication-assisted therapy with buprenorphine, a proven way to reduce opioid use. Book your appointment online or call the office to arrange your consultation today.

Substance Abuse Q & A

When do I need substance abuse help for opioids?

Few people set out to abuse opioids when they take them for the first time. But because the drugs are highly addictive, you can quickly grow accustomed to them. You might need substance abuse treatment if you’re:

  • Using more opioids than prescribed
  • Running out of pills early every month
  • Seeking pills from nonmedical sources
  • Need pills to sleep, wake up, or function
  • Can’t imagine living without the medication

These are just a few of the signs of possible substance abuse. If you’re dependent upon opioids, or you fear that you might be, speak to Dr. Lerro about whether you need substance abuse treatment. She can help with medication-assisted therapy.

What is medication-assisted substance abuse therapy?

Medication-assisted substance abuse therapy is a comprehensive treatment plan for opioid dependency. This treatment plan includes counseling and behavior modifications along with a medication called buprenorphine.

A large body of evidence shows that taking this medication as part of your therapy reduces opioid use and the problems associated with it. Dr. Lerro closely supervises your medication-assisted substance abuse therapy to ensure your safety and health throughout. 

Medication-assisted substance abuse therapy can help you to comfortably transition off opioids. The drug works by activating opioid receptors, essentially tricking your brain into thinking you actually took the opioid. This means you don’t have withdrawal symptoms and cravings. 

How does buprenorphine substance abuse treatment work?

Dr. Lerro customizes your treatment plan and specific dosage for your unique needs. You typically place a tablet under your tongue once a day and allow it to dissolve. You may also administer the buprenorphine via buccal film. 

With a steady level of buprenorphine in your body, you can focus on what matters — your recovery and your health — with a clear head. While you’re taking buprenorphine, you meet with Dr. Lerro regularly so she can assess your health and help you stay on track. 

Dr. Lerro takes a compassionate approach to substance abuse treatment. She understands that recovery is easiest when you’re not suffering, so she does everything possible to make your transition off opioids a smooth and comfortable one. 

Need to ask some questions about substance abuse treatment? Reach out to Elsa L. Lerro, MD, by phone or through the online appointment maker to arrange your consultation.