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Lakeview Health is at the Forefront of the Opioid Crisis

Doctors and staff are ready to respond to community needs

Jacksonville, FL, May 25, 2017 --( As the state of Florida begins to distribute money to combat the opioid crisis, doctors and staff at Lakeview Health are ready to respond to the needs of the community. Lakeview Health is an addiction treatment center committed to helping individuals heal – mind, body and spirit. Dr. Adrian Blotner is Lakeview’s campus psychiatrist and is board certified in both psychiatry and pain medicine. He and the rest of the Lakeview Health team welcome the attention the state is now giving to this epidemic.

“Twenty-seven percent of the patients who come to us for help tell us their substance of use was opioids,” said Blotner. “The majority of those patients come in with an addiction to narcotic pain medications and heroin. We utilize appropriate and effective short-term medication management to help our patients transition as the drugs are washing out of their body and mind. We use safe, non-habit forming medication for longer term treatment for chronic pain, mood and anxiety symptoms. We also focus on counseling, stress management, emotional support, physical health and relapse prevention.”

Lakeview’s multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, therapists, behavioral health associates and certified trainers support individuals throughout the entire treatment process. For those who have struggled with chronic pain that led to addiction, they favor a three-pronged approach that includes healthy physical activity that does not worsen the pain condition, non-habit-forming medications that treat the nerves that transmit the pain and stress management and lifestyle adjustments to facilitate increased functioning.

Lakeview Health helps patients regain healthy relationships with family and friends, regain their ability to derive pleasure from hobbies and other activities and help them deal with difficult challenges by using newly learned skills and tools that help maintain their sobriety and recovery. Patients work with certified trainers in the on-campus, 10,000 sq. ft. wellness center to help them safely increase healthy physical functioning.

Blotner said the opioid crisis needs the attention it is now getting on the state and federal level. Governor Rick Scott’s focus on the opioid crisis has helped challenge business and community leaders, healthcare practitioners, family, friends, and coworkers to renew efforts to engage in dialogue and collaborative action. The increased community awareness and media focus on the opioid crisis is an opportunity for education and to better offer and facilitate solutions for those who suffer from substance use disorders.

About Lakeview Health
Lakeview Health, located in Jacksonville, FL, serves individuals with addiction and psychiatric disorders. Staff offer an integrative health approach that addresses the medical, psychological, physical and spiritual aspects of recovery. Their gender-responsive programs host unique treatment features that cater to women and men independently. They provide a continuum of care, allowing patients to move successfully toward a life in recovery. To learn more, visit
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