Addiction Specialist

Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABPM -  - Mental Illness & Addiction Treatment

Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABPM

Mental Illness & Addiction Treatment located in Great Neck, NY

Addiction is a broad term that’s more of a description of a process in your brain that causes you to rely on a substance or behavior as a reward. There are many types of addiction, but they all work on your brain in the same way, which is where addiction specialist Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABAM, ABPM, can help. Through an approach that tackles the physical, mental, and spiritual effects of addiction, Dr. Surasky helps his patients in Great Neck, New York, regain control of their lives. For more information, call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

Addiction Q & A

What is addiction?

Addiction is a term used to describe an illness in which you turn to a substance or behavior because they activate and reinforce the areas of your brain that create dopamine. This effect causes your brain to rewire itself to receive more of the “reward,” which you end up pursuing above all else because of the new neural pathways. The hallmarks of addiction are:

  • Strong cravings
  • Lack of control over the cravings or urges
  • The inability to stop the use or behavior

While addiction is most often associated with drugs, alcohol, or nicotine, there are a number of behaviors that fall under the heading of addiction, such as gambling or sex, which have the same effect on your brain’s reward system.

The bottom line is that any addiction can hijack your life in many ways, which is why it’s often called a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.

What are the signs of addiction?

The most common signs of addiction include:

  • Strong cravings
  • The inability to stop the use or behavior despite your every effort
  • Increased indulgence due to mounting tolerance
  • Lack of control over your use or behavior
  • Using (or indulging behaviors) despite knowing it’s harmful

The signs of addiction are often evident from the outside, but for the person who is in the midst of an addiction, it can be difficult to come to terms with the condition. That said, the results of an addiction are often hard to ignore as relationships fail, jobs are lost, physical health declines, and myriad other obvious signs that point toward a problem.

How is addiction treated?

Dr. Surasky is an addiction specialist and neurologist who understands that addiction is a disease that has physical, mental, and emotional components. And he treats each of those areas in order to help you break the bonds of addiction.

If you’re struggling with a substance use disorder, Dr. Surasky may recommend Naltrexone® or Vivitrol® to help with cravings and relapse. These drugs block the substance from having an effect on you, taking the biggest hurdle out of the equation.

But it’s not the only hurdle. To address the mental and emotional aspects of addiction, Dr. Surasky recommends psychotherapy, group therapy, and 12-step programs, all of which address your mental well-being, helping you better navigate the recovery waters.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, call Dr. Russell Surasky or use the online scheduling tool to book a consultation.