Our clinicians are dedicated to the treatment of addiction (also called substance use disorder) and co-occurring disorders (when someone suffers from both an addiction and another mental illness). Someone with an addiction is impaired by their drug use. This can manifest in many ways, but in general, they are unable to consistently control their level of drug use, which leads to problems with work, school, interpersonal relationships, medical health, and/or emotional well-being.
Many substances can be addictive and cause problems. These include:
A foundation of our approach in the Recovery Clinic is that addiction is a medical condition. Research has demonstrated that addictive substances can lead to changes in the brain that alter the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. Because of this, our doctors start with a careful and thorough diagnostic evaluation. We pay particularly close attention to factors that can contribute to the development and maintenance of addiction, including:
More generally, our assessments include the following:
After completing our diagnostic evaluation, we collaboratively develop a treatment plan with someone based on the results of our evaluation and their personal recovery goals. At the center of our approach is an awareness of the importance that everyone’s history and situation is unique, and everyone has their strengths, problems, and goals. Some of the options we may include in our treatment plan are:
Dr. Holden is the Director of Addiction Psychiatry. He treats a variety of psychiatric conditions, and he specializes in the treatment of patients with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. He works with patients in the outpatient mental health clinic as well as the hospital’s inpatient medical, surgical, and psychiatric units.
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Dr. Crane is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Associate Director of the UIC Recovery Clinic. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Her research utilizes multiple methods (i.e., fMRI, EEG, cognitive, clinical, and self-report measures) to examine the brain and behavioral risk factors and consequences of Substance Use Disorders, especially Cannabis Use Disorder. An important aspect of her research is studying the relationship between clinical mental health factors and substance use, particularly between depression and cannabis use. Dr. Crane received her PhD in Clinical Psychology, completed her Clinical Internship and T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship at UIC, with an emphasis in Neuropsychology. She has received Early Career Travel Awards from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Society of Biological Psychiatry, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the American Psychological Foundation, as well as a K23 Early Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
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