Dr. Michael Weaver
Dr. Michael Weaver

Designed to treat addictions to tobacco products, alcohol and narcotic pain medications, the Innovations in Addictions Treatment Clinic is now open at McGovern Medical School.

The medication-assisted treatment clinic is part of UT Physicians, the clinical academic practice of McGovern Medical School. It is affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and the Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction.

“We will be providing evidence-based treatments for a very significant public health problem and there is definitely a need for this,” said Dr. Michael Weaver, professor and medical director of the center. “We can help people with medications that can help reduce cravings, so patients can focus on making other behavioral and lifestyle changes to support abstinence.”

Medications such as varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion (Zyban) can help with smoking cessation while disulfiram (Antabuse) and Acamprosate (Campral) help patients overcome alcohol use problems. Naltrexone (Vivitrol) can reduce cravings in people addicted to alcohol or narcotic pain medications known as opioids.

Opioids include prescription medications such as codeine, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone. Buprenorphine (Suboxone) is commonly used to treat opioid addiction because it reduces cravings and prevents withdrawal.

To make an appointment, please call 713.486.2525.

-Deborah Mann Lake, Office of Public Affairs, Media Relations