Los Angeles Addiction Specialist

Struggling with addiction can be crippling. Dr. Samuel Lee specializes in treating addiction through natural healing techniques in patients throughout Los Angeles from his practice in Playa Del Rey, California.

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Dr. Lee understands how crippling addiction can be. Addictions can take form as a substance abuse problem or behaviors that have harmful consequences to one's life. Dr. Lee treats addiction through a holistic approach, creating a customized treatment plan for each of his patients. These therapeutic approaches can include, but are not limited to therapy, breathwork exercise, Harmonyum healing, and plant based medicine.

Dr. Lee seeks to not only treat mental illness and addiction but to promote physical, mental, and energetic wellness. To do this, he will emphasize using medications for psychiatric stabilization with a common long term goal of tapering off of medications, while optimizing natural healing.

Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence. People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life. They keep using alcohol or a drug even when they know it will cause problems. Yet a number of effective treatments are available and people can recover from addiction and lead normal, productive lives.

People with a substance use disorder have distorted thinking, behavior and body functions. Changes in the brain’s wiring are what cause people to have intense cravings for the drug and make it hard to stop using the drug. Brain imaging studies show changes in the areas of the brain that relate to judgment, decision making, learning, memory and behavior control.

These substances can cause harmful changes in how the brain functions. These changes can last long after the immediate effects of the drug — the intoxication. Intoxication is the intense pleasure, calm, increased senses or a high caused by the drug. Intoxication symptoms are different for each substance.

Symptoms of substance use disorder are grouped into four categories:

  • Impaired control: a craving or strong urge to use the substance; desire or failed attempts to cut down or control substance use
  • Social problems: substance use causes failure to complete major tasks at work, school or home; social, work or leisure activities are given up or cut back because of substance use
  • Risky use: substance is used in risky settings; continued use despite known problems
  • Drug effects: tolerance (need for larger amounts to get the same effect); withdrawal symptoms (different for each substance)

Are you seeking a psychiatrist who is passionate about what he does and who takes an integrative and spiritual approach to mental health? Are you seeking a psychiatrist who is comfortable with alternative, holistic, and complementary treatments while having a judicious and conservative approach to psychiatric medications?

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Board Certified Psychiatry and Neurology

B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College

MD Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Residency in Psychiatry, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Inpatient Adult Psychiatrist, Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital

Primary Attending Geriatric Psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital

General Adult Outpatient Psychiatrist, Kaiser Permanente

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