Fil-Am doctor treats opiate use disorder patients through holistic approach

by Gerald Bohulano, ABS-CBN News

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Overdoses from opioids across the United States jumped 30 percent in just one year, according to a recent report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here in Arizona, over 6,300 possible opioid overdoses were reported from June 15th to March 8th this past year. This comes from a recent report from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

As the Trump administration — which declared America’s opioid crisis a public health emergency — continues to tackle this national health crisis from an enforcement perspective.

One Fil-Am doctor in Scottsdale is doing his part to reverse opiate addiction with a more holistic approach.

“We look at an individual from three different angles. It’s the mind part. The spiritual part and also the physical part,” said Paul Valbuena, MD. “But not only that we involve a multidisciplinary approach. The education piece, the family members, the siblings, the other physicians in our practice.”

Doctor Valbuena, the founder of Valbuena 360 wellness, is a double board-certified psychiatrist and treats patients for opiate use disorders.

“We have physicians and healthcare providers that are versed in addiction. And we all collaborate with each other, whether we have a primary care physician here, a psychiatrist, an internal medicine doctor, a neurologist. We all collaborate together.”

Doctor Valbuena’s multidisciplinary concept to treat patients emphasizes patient education and alternative treatment options.

“My husband, Dr. Valbuena, came up with a concept of treating patients not just through their mental health but including mind, body and spirit so that when they are done with their treatment making sure they are educated,” said CEO Gina Valbuena.

“Everyone needs to know that yes, there are chronic long-term chronic conditions where people need pain medications. But for the most part, I think generally speaking you want to look at it like this. It, being a short-term treatment and maybe looking at something that is more long-lasting. Like a surgery or a procedure. Something to where they don’t have to take a medication every day.”

Doctor Valbuena says that it’s important for doctors to work together and communicate with each other in coordinating patient care.

“That is the downfall. It’s really a medical community of physicians and United States and Phoenix really need to get educated much more on this epidemic. And it’s really just a communication piece.”

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