Wareham Pediatrics now offers behavioral health services to our patients. Our behavioral health counselor will work with you and your child to cover issues of concern. For more information, please contact us to discuss your particular needs.
We also provide services for patients who are addicted, worried about addiction or who are experimenting with substances. Our services include:
Comprehensive substance use disorder evaluation
An initial evaluation helps us to determine the best treatment plan for the patient. We encourage parent/caregiver involvement when possible and with patient permission.
Alcohol and drug education
We offer sessions focused on increasing understanding around the impact that substance use has on the developing body and brain as well as how addiction can develop.
Substance use disorder counseling
We provide evidence-based substance use disorder counseling that can help patients explore their substance use and how it may be impacting their lives. Depending on the patient’s goals and needs, these visits may focus on making change, developing coping skills, achieving goals or other areas in which patients may want help.
Patients may present for a confidential evaluation without their parents. Because substance use is often a source of family stress, patients may invite their parents to take advantage of parent guidance counseling sessions. These visits focus on increasing caregivers understanding of adolescent substance use, developing plans for supporting patients, and strategies for self-care.
We offer medications such as buprenorphine (Suboxone) and Naltrexone/Vivitrol that can help treat alcohol and opioid use disorders. If a parent/guardian/patient is concerned that the patient may have a problem with alcohol or opioids (prescription pain medications, heroin, etc), these medications may help.
Should it be determined that the patient may be in need of a higher level of care than this service can offer or may be in need of services we do not provide, we will help patients and families identify and access services that will meet their needs. This may include referrals to individual and family therapy, psychiatry services, more intensive outpatient or residential treatment programs, etc.