We recognize the complex nature of addiction. Oftentimes, people begin using drugs or alcohol as a way to escape emotional and or physical pains. Using these substances leads to people focusing less upon the things that really matter - family, friends, job, and life. We believe that successfully treating these addictions can lead to a happier, healthier, and longer life.
Treatment via traditional twelve step programs is appropriate for some people, but not for everyone. We believe that successful treatment requires a collaborative effort between mental health professionals and physicians. We will determine what kind of program will provide you with the best results. If you are ready for a positive change in your life, please let us help you!
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Roger Sherman, MD, MPH
Dr. Sherman is dual board certified in Addiction Medicine and OBGYN. He has an interest in treating people afflicted with addictions to drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Additionally, he treats patients with conditions that co-occur with addiction. These may include depression, anxiety and ADHD. His philosophy when treating patients is that "everyone deserves to be treated with respect and compassion." The disease of addiction is not a moral failing but a true disease of the brain. Fortunately, with a combination of counseling, medication and persistence, life can return to normal.
Confidentiality and Consent
As a patient getting treatment for substance use disorder, your personal and medical information is protected under the United States confidentiality law. This law states that your doctor is not allowed to tell anyone the reason you are being treated without your permission. Doctors and treatment programs that provide addiction treatment are not even allowed to tell anyone whether or not you are a patient.
With your approval, and only with your approval, (your consent) your doctor may let others, such as your primary care physician, know about your treatment. No information will be released unless you sign a consent form. This consent form will include the name of your doctor or treatment provider, the person/group to whom your information is going, the purpose of the disclosure, how much information may be communicated, when the consent form expires and the date. Even if you sign a consent form, you have the right to change your mind at any time. If you do change your mind, your doctor will not share any additional information with others.
Impact on Treatment
The confidentiality law will not keep you from receiving good treatment. Exceptions were written into the law to make sure that patients still receive excellent care. For instance, information can be shared among treatment staff in order to provide you with better treatment. Also, the law takes into account unexpected things that might happen. For instance, if there is a medical emergency and if they need to know, the medical personnel treating you can be told that you are receiving maintenance treatment for a substance use disorder.
Remember, the confidentiality law was established to protect your rights. Ask your doctor if you have more questions about confidentiality or consent.
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James is a provisionally licensed professional counselor with the mental health service provider distinction through the state of Tennessee, and he is a nationally certified counselor. James specializes in working with people affected by the disease of addiction and adult ADHD. There is an old saying that states “Drinking isn’t my problem. It’s my solution.” Addiction is a complicated and cunning disease that can have devastating consequences. As a counselor, James strives to meet his patients exactly where they are, and walk alongside them as they fight for better tomorrows and develop new healthy solutions to their problems.