Substance Management

Substance Management

Substance Management services offered in Little Saigon, Philadelphia, PA

If you’re dependent on alcohol or opioids, it can adversely affect your career, quality of daily life and relationships. At Penn’s Rock Primary Care in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the caring family medicine specialists Monika Vansant, DO, Abigail Tyler, CRNP, and the team have years of experience practicing addiction medicine. Using a combination of medication and counseling, they can help you remain sober and improve your daily life. To schedule an appointment for substance management, call the office or book online today.

Substance Management Q&A

What is substance management?

Substance management is a type of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). It uses a combination of prescription drugs, like Suboxone®, and talk therapy to help people struggling with addiction.

At Penn’s Rock Primary Care, the team understands that addiction is a disease that can be treated with proper care. If you have a substance use disorder (SUD) and you’ve tried various treatments without lasting success, substance management can help. Routine checkups at Penn’s Rock Primary Care can also hold you accountable and help you stay on track.

What are the benefits of substance management?

Enrolling in the substance management program at Penn’s Rock Primary Care offers various benefits, including:

  • Increased lifespan
  • Increased retention in recovery treatment
  • Decreased drug use
  • Improved quality of life

If you want to start a family in the future, substance management can even reduce your risk of pregnancy-related complications, like premature birth.

What does substance management involve?

At Penn’s Rock Primary Care, substance management focuses on two areas  –– prescription medication and talk therapy.


Prescription medication

There are various prescription medications designed to reduce cravings caused by alcoholism and opioid dependence. After a review of your medical records, a physical exam, and a series of lab tests, the team can make recommendations that align with your needs.


Talk therapy

Talk therapy, or behavioral counseling, presents an opportunity to learn about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It teaches you tips and coping mechanisms that you can use to reduce cravings, manage withdrawal symptoms, and make healthier decisions.

The team at Penn’s Rock Primary Care doesn’t provide counseling, but they can refer you to a nearby behavioral specialist and coordinate care alongside them. 

How long do I need to participate in substance management?

The time you need in substance management depends on several factors, including your age, your medical history, and the severity of your substance use disorder. Some people experience a significant improvement after several months, but for others, recovery requires years.

Be patient, follow your provider’s instructions, and attend each checkup. The team at Penn’s Rock Primary Care makes adjustments to your substance management treatment plan as necessary.

To learn more about the benefits of substance management, call the Penn’s Rock Primary Care office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or book online today.