Dr. Jeff Berman specializes in the treatment of young adults suffering from substance use disorders (SUDs) and co-occurring mood, trauma and other mental health (MH) disorders. Dr. Berman serves concurrently as Executive Medical Director for Discovery Institute for Addictive Disorders; and Senior Psychiatric Consultant for IHSC in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is a member of the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) and was co-director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship program. For more than two decades he has pioneered advances in addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry. He is a national speaker of the topics of Medication Assisted Treatment and Co-occurring Disorders. Six years ago, in collaboration with members of the Bergen County Jewish community, he initiated and has since facilitated the support group “Strength to Strength” (S2S) at JCC in Tenafly. It serves parents of young adults who have substance use and mental health disorders. Previously, Dr. Berman was Interim Medical Director at Bergen Regional Medical Center; Director of Addiction Services at Summit Oaks Hospital; and Medical Director at Marworth of the Geisinger Health Care System. He served for 22 years in the U.S. Army Reserve including Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. There he specialized in treatment of PTSD, chronic pain and mood disorders. He is retired at the rank of Colonel. Dr. Berman is Board certified in General, Addiction, and Consultation Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. A Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, he served as President of the New Jersey Society of Addiction Medicine (NJSAM). He completed specialty training at Rutgers RWJMS, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He earned his M.D. from S.U.N.Y Upstate. Medical Center; an M.S. in Specialized Journalism from NYU – Polytechnic University; and a B.A. in Political Science from Brooklyn College.
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The Discovery Institute views dependence as a disorder of the “whole person” affecting every aspect of his or her behavior, belief system, and lifestyle. This disorder is profound in nature and has a negative impact on one’s self, family, and society as a whole. Discovery has come to recognize that this condition affects people many ways, which causes our treatment approach to be designed to address any and all issues that support and contribute to addiction. A primary emphasis is placed on the importance of the individual to seek and incorporate a change in his or her behavior, attitude, and lifestyle. Discovery’s holistic treatment initiatives will be all encompassing in nature due to addiction affecting so many aspects of an individual’s life. This allows Discovery to not only treat addiction, but address significant related issues based on the individual needs.
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- Individualized Treatment
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
- Medical Detoxification
Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
- Family Program
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
- Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
I came to Discovery with no hope; resigned to a life of desperation and drug addition. Discovery gave me hope and helped me find the skills, strength, courage, and determination to turn my life around. Discovery saved my life.Anonymous
To me, Discovery House means hope. When I first got here, I had hardly any; I felt my life would always be marked by failure and drug addiction. Discovery gave me hope and made me realize I could do something for myself and live life on life’s terms.Anonymous
My stay at Discovery was the best thing for me. It saved my life starting from the staff on down. I stayed at Discovery for a total of eleven and a half months. I am grateful for the chance to live life one day at a time and getting the tools I needed to live life on life’s terms. Thanks Discovery!Roy
The time I have been here at Discovery has been very informing, while in the halfway house I’ve learned about responsibility and living life on life’s terms. The outpatient program has also been a great help and helped me to be more open with my sharing and building positive relationships with sober peers. I am grateful for the time I have spent here in Discovery and with the tools I have learned here; and I should not have any problems with my recovery and life itself.John L.
Jeffrey Berman - Executive Medical Director
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