Dr. Vikramjit Singh
Dr. Vikramjit Singh completed his medical school from India and his residency training in internal medicine from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is a board certified Internist from the American Board of Internal Medicine and Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has published in numerous journals and presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He was the recipient of the American Medical Association Physicians Recognition Award. He took a position as Assistant Professor in Critical Care Medicine at UPMC where he enjoyed training residents and medical students for five years.
Dr. Surbhi Agarwal
Dr. Surbhi Agarwal has completed her Masters of Public Health from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She then moved to Pittsburgh for her residency training in Family Medicine from UPMC. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She was the recipient of the Best Resident Teacher award during her residency. She worked as a hospitalist for two years followed by her current position at UPMC where she does both inpatient and outpatient primary care.
Dr. Yusuf Sidique
Dr. Yusuf Sidique completed his medical school from India and his residency in Internal Medicine from Brookdale Hospital
in New York City. He is board certified by the American Board of Physician Specialties and has been practicing
emergency medicine for the past 16 years in the Pittsburgh area. Dr. Sidique is an Associate Professor at Chatham University.
His areas of interest include dermatological diseases and acute care.
Information for Family Members:
What is an opioid?
Opioids are addictive narcotics in the same family as opium and heroin. This includes many prescription pain medications such as Codeine, Vicodin, Demerol, Dilaudid, Morphine, Oxycontin, and Percondan, Methadone, and Suboxone.
Why are opioids used to treat addiction?
Many family members wonder why Suboxone is used to treat opiate addiction since it is in the same family as heroin. Isn't this substituting one addiction for another? Suboxone is not "just substitution". It is blocking the opiate sites in the body and preventing any response to any opiates taken.
How can the family support treatment?
Even though maintenance treatment for opiate addiction works very well, it is NOT a cure by itself. This means that the patient may continue to need the blocking opiate dose of Suboxone with regular monitoring by our clinic. This is similar to other chronic disease, such as diabetes, or asthma, which requires long term treatment. The best way to help support the patient is to encourage regular medical care and encourage the patient not to skip or forget to take medication. It is our goal to encourage the patient to learn to live independent of Suboxone- which takes counseling and time.
Is counseling recommended?
We encourage patients to keep any other regular appointments with an individual counselor or group therapy. These appointments are key parts o treatment and work together with the Suboxone program to improve success in addiction treatment. Sometimes family members may be asked to join in family therapy sessions, which also are geared to improve addition care.