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The P.A.T.H. to Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder

 

Personalized  -  We recognize that anyone with an alcohol use disorder has a their own story of how that problem developed, and may be in need of unique solutions. Alcohol Recovery Medicine recognizes the importance of individualized care, and if you live in Maryland or Virginia, our physicians can help you consider the options that fit you best.  If you live elsewhere, or if you are not ready to talk to a physician, Checkup and Choices is a company with a scientifically based program designed to help people assess their situation.  For a fee, Checkup & Choices provides a program for assisting people whose goal is to drink at a moderate level, as well as a program for assisting people whose goal is abstinence.  


Alcohol  - Keeping a record of how much alcohol you consume is extremely important for the medical treatment of alcohol use disorder.  Keeping  a record can help recognize how much you drink and the circumstances that lead you to drink more that you intended.  Simply keeping a record has helped many people get a handle on their drinking.  Track you alcohol consumption in a notebook or a spreadsheet such as those available online,  Also, there are a number of smartphone apps that you can use to keep track of how much you drink, including apps for Android and for iPhone(Note: Using web resources such as this apps may create a risk to your privacy; they are provided by private vendors.)  Measuring you desire for drinking using scientifically developed craving scales can help you track your progress and guide your physician's treatment recommendations.

Treatment   -  Talk to a knowledgeable physician to find the therapy that best fits you. If you are acutely ill and in withdrawal, you may require hospitalization to save your life. If your situation is not immediately critical, you can take advantage of scientifically based dietary and lifestyle recommendations.  If you drink alcohol in response to past traumatic events in your life, psychological therapy may be critical for recovery.  A knowledgeable physician can guide your treatment and help you decide if medical therapy is appropriate for your situation. Learn about the many medications which have been shown to help those with alcohol use disorder. If your physician prescribes naltrexone, you can learn about the targeted use of this pill by watching films like "One Little Pill " and reading books like "The Cure for Alcoholism".

 

Help - Enlist the help of family, friends, and skilled counselors for healing, encouragement, and continued motivation.  Get involved in a support group. If you are in Maryland or Virginia, you can contact Alcohol Recovery Medicine at (240) 801-3636 to schedule a telemedicine appointment with a Dr. Umhau. Alternatively, you can fill out the form below for a free five-minute phone consultation to see if you might benefit from a telemedicine video appointment with a physician.

 

 

Do not send personal health information in this form.. 

 

The P.A.T.H. to Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder

 

Personalized  -  We recognize that anyone with an alcohol use disorder has a their own story of how that problem developed, and may be in need of unique solutions. Alcohol Recovery Medicine recognizes the importance of individualized care, and if you live in Maryland or Virginia, our physicians can help you consider the options that fit you best based on the factors which may contribute to your level of drinking and the factors which influence treatment success.  If you live elsewhere or if you are not ready to talk to a physician, you can evaluate your situation using the tools on a website sponsored by the NIAAA, and help you think about what goals and treatment are right for you.  


Alcohol  - Keeping  a record can help recognize how much you drink and the circumstances that lead you to drink more that you intended.  Simply keeping a record has helped many people get a handle on their drinking.  Keeping a record of how much alcohol you consume is extremely important for the medical treatment of alcohol use disorder and help you and your physician see how medicine are helping reduce your alcohol drinking.   Track you alcohol consumption in a notebook or a spreadsheet such as those available online,  Also, there are a number of smartphone apps that you can use to keep track of how much you drink, including apps for Android and for iPhone. (Note: Using web resources such as this apps may create a risk to your privacy; they are provided by private vendors.)  Measuring you desire for drinking using scientifically developed craving scales can help you track your progress and guide your physician's treatment recommendations.

Treatment   -  Talk to a knowledgeable physician to find the therapy that best fits you. If you are acutely ill and in withdrawal, you may require hospitalization to save your life. If your situation is not immediately critical, you can take advantage of scientifically based dietary and lifestyle recommendations.  If you drink alcohol in response to past traumatic events in your life, psychological therapy may be critical for recovery.  A knowledgeable physician can guide your treatment and help you decide if medical therapy is appropriate for your situation. Learn about the many medications which have been shown to help those with alcohol use disorder. If your physician prescribes naltrexone, you can learn about the targeted use of this pill by watching films like "One Little Pill " and reading books like "The Cure for Alcoholism".

 

Help - Enlist the help of family, friends, and skilled counselors for healing, encouragement, and continued motivation.  Get involved in a support group. Check out the resources available on the NIAAA web site and the on-line information on the Alcoholrecoverymedicine.org resources page.  If you are in Maryland or Virginia, you can contact Alcohol Recovery Medicine at (240) 801-3636 to schedule a telemedicine appointment with a Dr. Umhau. Alternatively, you can fill out the form below for a free five-minute phone consultation to see if you might benefit from a telemedicine video appointment with a physician. Your family physician may be knowledgeable about offering medicine to help stop drinking, but if not, you can refer him to the information and links available on this website. 

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Practical steps to start you on the P.A.T.H. 

If Alcohol is a problem, and you live in Maryland or Virginia, let us help you personally.  Our team offers a range of medical options to help you reduce your alcohol consumption, and help prevent the devastating harm which alcohol can cause.  For patients in Maryland and Virginia, treatment options include telemedicine video visits conducted through the camera on your home computer. These telemedicine visits work best with a high speed internet and a Google Chrome internet browser.  Current licensing requirements dictate that patients must be geographically located in Maryland or Virginia during the telemedicine visit.

 

 

1.  Schedule an appointment by calling our office number, 240-801-3636 or fill out the web form so we may contact you. 

 

2.  Once we have discussed your interest in making an appointment, you will get an e-mail from Patient Fusion which will invite you to “Access your records”.  The Patient Fusion portal provides secure communication and allows you to schedule appointments. Please complete the intake forms and other information before your appointment to help us understand your situation. Complete the intake information as requested, being careful to complete every answer and "sign" the three consent forms before you press submit.

3.  If you keep a record of how much you drink, a record of your desire (craving) to drink, or have medical records which contain confidential information, you can upload the results through Patient Fusion portal to give your physician information you can about your situation. If you have laboratory tests results from your primary care provider, you can upload those to the portal too. 

4.  As you travel the P.A.T.H, you will want to keep a record of your alcohol consumption and a record of your desire (craving) to drink, so that your physician can follow you progress.  If you upload information about how much you drink and how much you crave alcohol every week, that information will be available in your medical chart to help guide your therapy. 

5.  For your video telemedicine session, you will need to provide us with a personal contact whom we can call if you need help. For the same reason, we need to know where you will be located during our tele-interview. You will need a computer with a camera, good lighting, and a strong internet connection.  You should also be situated where you can speak privately with the physician during you’re appointment.

6.  When it is time for a scheduled telemedicine call, patients can check in by clicking on the "start a telemedicine call" button below. If any problems occur during the telemedicine appointment, call the office number at (240) 801-3636.

 

Once you become our patient, follow up can help you achieve your long-term goals. It may be that your situation is one best handled in person by someone else, in which case I may refer you to other resources. Alcohol use disorder is a complicated problem, so the solutions will be specific for your needs. There is no one solution that fits everyone, but together we will explore your individual situation and come up with a treatment plan that is uniquely yours.  

 

Fees and Payments

We believe that providing comprehensive care requires a personalized approach. That is why Alcohol Recovery Medicine is a fee for service practice. For this reason, we need not and do not follow the often-restrictive guidelines outlined by many insurance companies. As a result, we do not contract with any managed care or health insurance networks. However, patients can receive a comprehensive receipt after each appointment that they can submit to their insurance companies for reimbursement; we do not guarantee reimbursement. 

The fee for each telemedicine visit is $100, and this is payable at the beginning of your session. Ten percent of profits go to charitable causes, including the expansion and maintenance of this website.

Please be prepared to pay with a credit or debit card at the time of your on-line telemedicine visit. Service fees may apply for certain items (such as completion of forms outside of a scheduled appointment, telephone appointments longer than 5 minutes, copying of records, etc.). We will inform you of any such charges before seeking payment. No refunds are issued for rendered services. If you are on a PPO plan, we are considered “out of network.” If you wish to be reimbursed for your sessions, you will need to consult your insurance company to determine its policies regarding mental health benefits for out of network providers. We do not submit claims. You are strongly encouraged to discuss financial constraints with Dr. Umhau or his associates so that you can get the care you need.

Late Cancellation and No-Show to Scheduled Appointments

We strive to provide personalized care tailored your needs. To allow us to do so, please adhere to appointment times. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please notify us at least 24 hours before the appointment time. Patients that do not cancel or reschedule appointments at least 24 hours in advance are responsible for paying in full the charge for the missed appointment. Your time is valuable and so is ours. We have reserved time for you and, out of respect for your time and that of others, we plan around that reserved time. When you do not show up for your appointment, you are taking away valuable time that could have been used for someone else who needed to be seen. If you are not available at the starting time that you have booked for your appointment, your appointment may have to be cancelled and you will be charged for the full scheduled time. If you show up late, you will be able to use only the remaining time of your scheduled session; we cannot add extra time. Your insurance cannot be billed for missed appointments.
 

​Availability

You may call our office phone, (240) 801-3636 for scheduling and routine messages. Our voicemail is confidential, so please feel free to leave a message after-hours.  Our staff attempts to be accessible for all urgent issues. If we are not immediately available by office telephone, please leave a detailed voice message and we will return your call as soon as possible.  If your call is an emergency, please contact 911 immediately instead of calling the office. Emergency services are provided by all hospitals through their emergency rooms and do not require appointments. Email is not a confidential means of communication, and email may not always be received or responded to in a timely fashion. Please also note that email should never be used for clinical issues.

Professional Records

 

Mental health records are protected by both law and professional ethics. You are entitled to review a copy of your record, but given its professional nature and language, the record can occasionally be misinterpreted. In rare instances, we may determine that it would aggravate your problem or harm you if you were provided with your full records.  In such a situation we may decline to furnish you your records, but we can make them available to an appropriate mental health professional of your choosing. Alternatively, your provider would gladly review them together with you, and/or provide a treatment summary. Please note that professional fees will be charged for any preparation time required to comply with such requests.

Confidentiality

Communications concerning your care that Dr. Umhau and his colleagues have with you are confidential, and our website is designed to permit your provider to follow the rules for security and privacy. Aside from emergency situations, information regarding your care and treatment can be released with your written permission only. If you are seeking insurance reimbursement, insurance companies also often require information about diagnosis, treatment, and other important information as a condition of your insurance coverage. 

 

There are legal exceptions to confidentiality that may require disclosure:

  • Danger to self – if you make an explicit threat to harm yourself, our staff is required to seek hospitalization for you, or to contact family members or others who can help provide protection.
     

  • Danger to others – if you make a threat of serious bodily harm to others, our staff is required to take protective actions, which may include notifying the potential victim, notifying the police, or seeking appropriate hospitalization.
     

  • Grave disability – if, owing to a mental illness, you are unable to meet your basic needs, such as clothing, food, and shelter, our staff may have to disclose information to the authorities to access services to help meet those basic needs.
     

  • Suspicion of child, elder, or dependent abuse – if there is an indication of abuse to a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person - even if it is about a party other than yourself - our staff must file a report with the appropriate state agency.
     

  • Certain judicial proceedings – if you are involved in judicial proceedings, you have the right, subject to certain limits, to prevent Dr. Umhau and colleagues from providing any information about your treatment. In some circumstances in which you have put your emotional or physical condition or both in issue, however, a judge may require testimony through a subpoena or compel us to provide copies of your records to the lawyers involved in the case.

Additionally, we may be required to disclose your health information in the following circumstances: In the event of an emergency; if required by law; if there are substantial barriers to communicating with you, but in our professional judgement we believe that you intend for us to provide care; if ordered by the courts, government authorities, public health, law enforcement, coroners, or funeral directors; or in the event of organ donations, research, military activity, or for national security.

 

We reserve the right to consult with other professionals when appropriate. In these circumstances, your identity will not be revealed, and only important clinical information will be discussed. Please note that such consultants are also legally bound to keep this information confidential. 

Crises

As much as our staff attempts to provide personalized treatment, this practice is not designed to manage crises, and Addiction Recovery Medicine is not a crisis facility. Time sensitive issues such as this should be directed to your local crisis center. Area referrals may be provided during initial consultation and discussed during subsequent visits. Please refer to the information under Resources to familiarize yourself and your family of available resources.

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Note: Dr. Umhau has extensive experience helping those in sensitive occupations whose alcohol use threatens their livelihood.  If you are able to schedule an in-person appointment session to be conducted at our offices in the Maryland suburbs of D.C., we can accept cash payments and avoid all electronic recordkeeping, to keep our conversations private and discrete.

Practical steps to start you on the P.A.T.H. 

If Alcohol is a problem, and you live in Maryland or Virginia, let us help you personally.  Our team offers a range of medical options to help you reduce your alcohol consumption, and help prevent the devastating harm which alcohol can cause.  For patients in Maryland and Virginia, treatment options include telemedicine video visits conducted through the camera on your home computer. These telemedicine visits work best with a high speed internet and a Google Chrome internet browser.  Current licensing requirements dictate that patients must be geographically located in Maryland or Virginia during the telemedicine visit.

 

 

1.  Schedule an appointment by calling our office number, 240-801-3636 or fill out the web form so we may contact you. 

 

2.  Once we have discussed your interest in making an appointment, you will get an e-mail from Patient Fusion which will invite you to “Access your records”.  The Patient Fusion portal provides secure communication and allows you to schedule appointments. Please complete the intake forms and other information before your appointment to help us understand your situation. Complete the intake information as requested, being careful to complete every answer and "sign" the three consent forms before you press submit.

3.  If you decide to use Checkup and Choices, upload copies of any results you get to you Patient Fusion portal to give your physician all the information you can about your situation. If you have laboratory tests results from your primary care provider, you can upload those to the portal too. 

4.  As you travel the P.A.T.H, you will want to keep a record of you alcohol consumption so your physician can follow you progress.  If you upload information about how much you drink and how much you crave alcohol every week, that information will be available in your medical chart to help guide your therapy. 

5.  For your video telemedicine session, you will need to provide us with a personal contact whom we can call if you need help. For the same reason, we need to know where you will be located during our tele-interview. Once you become our patient, we will follow up with you so that we can help you achieve your long-term goals. It may be that your situation is one best handled in person by someone else, in which case I may refer you to other resources. Alcohol use disorder is a complicated problem, so the solutions will be specific for your needs. There is no one solution that fits everyone, but together we will explore your individual situation and come up with a treatment plan that is uniquely yours.  

6.  When it is time for a scheduled telemedicine call, patients can check in by clicking on the "start a telemedicine call" button below: 

 

Fees and Payments

We believe that providing comprehensive care requires a personalized approach. That is why Alcohol Recovery Medicine is a fee for service practice. For this reason, we need not and do not follow the often-restrictive guidelines outlined by many insurance companies. As a result, we do not contract with any managed care or health insurance networks. However, patients can receive a comprehensive receipt after each appointment that they can submit to their insurance companies for reimbursement; we do not guarantee reimbursement. 

The fee for each telemedicine visit is $100, and this is payable at the beginning of your session. 

Please be prepared to pay with a credit or debit card at the time of your on-line telemedicine visit. Service fees may apply for certain items (such as completion of forms outside of a scheduled appointment, telephone appointments longer than 5 minutes, copying of records, etc.). We will inform you of any such charges before seeking payment. No refunds are issued for rendered services. If you are on a PPO plan, we are considered “out of network.” If you wish to be reimbursed for your sessions, you will need to consult your insurance company to determine its policies regarding mental health benefits for out of network providers. We do not submit claims. You are strongly encouraged to discuss financial constraints with Dr. Umhau or his associates so that you can get the care you need.

Late Cancellation and No-Show to Scheduled Appointments

We strive to provide personalized care tailored your needs. To allow us to do so, please adhere to appointment times. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please notify us at least 24 hours before the appointment time. Patients that do not cancel or reschedule appointments at least 24 hours in advance are responsible for paying in full the charge for the missed appointment. Your time is valuable and so is ours. We have reserved time for you and, out of respect for your time and that of others, we plan around that reserved time. When you do not show up for your appointment, you are taking away valuable time that could have been used for someone else who needed to be seen. If you are not available at the starting time that you have booked for your appointment, your appointment may have to be cancelled and you will be charged for the full scheduled time. If you show up late, you will be able to use only the remaining time of your scheduled session; we cannot add extra time. Your insurance cannot be billed for missed appointments.
 

Availability

You may call our office phone, (240) 801-3636 for scheduling and routine messages. Our voicemail is confidential, so please feel free to leave a message after-hours.  Our staff attempts to be accessible for all urgent issues. If we are not immediately available by office telephone, please leave a detailed voice message and we will return your call as soon as possible.  If your call is an emergency, please contact 911 immediately instead of calling the office. Emergency services are provided by all hospitals through their emergency rooms and do not require appointments. Please also note that email should never be used for clinical issues. Email is not a confidential means of communication which may not always be received or responded to in a timely fashion.

Professional Records

 

Mental health records are protected by both law and professional ethics. You are entitled to review a copy of your record, but given its professional nature and language, the record can occasionally be misinterpreted. In rare instances, we may determine that it would aggravate your problem or harm you if you were provided with your full records.  In such a situation we may decline to furnish you your records, but we can make them available to an appropriate mental health professional of your choosing. Alternatively, your provider would gladly review them together with you, and/or provide a treatment summary. Please note that professional fees will be charged for any preparation time required to comply with such requests.

Confidentiality

Communications concerning your care that Dr. Umhau and his colleagues have with you are confidential, and our website is designed to permit your provider to follow the rules for security and privacy. Aside from emergency situations, information regarding your care and treatment can be released with your written permission only. If you are seeking insurance reimbursement, insurance companies also often require information about diagnosis, treatment, and other important information as a condition of your insurance coverage. 

 

There are legal exceptions to confidentiality that may require disclosure:

  • Danger to self – if you make an explicit threat to harm yourself, our staff is required to seek hospitalization for you, or to contact family members or others who can help provide protection.
     

  • Danger to others – if you make a threat of serious bodily harm to others, our staff is required to take protective actions, which may include notifying the potential victim, notifying the police, or seeking appropriate hospitalization.
     

  • Grave disability – if, owing to a mental illness, you are unable to meet your basic needs, such as clothing, food, and shelter, our staff may have to disclose information to the authorities to access services to help meet those basic needs.
     

  • Suspicion of child, elder, or dependent abuse – if there is an indication of abuse to a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person - even if it is about a party other than yourself - our staff must file a report with the appropriate state agency.
     

  • Certain judicial proceedings – if you are involved in judicial proceedings, you have the right, subject to certain limits, to prevent Dr. Umhau and colleagues from providing any information about your treatment. In some circumstances in which you have put your emotional or physical condition or both in issue, however, a judge may require testimony through a subpoena or compel us to provide copies of your records to the lawyers involved in the case.

Additionally, we may be required to disclose your health information in the following circumstances: In the event of an emergency; if required by law; if there are substantial barriers to communicating with you, but in our professional judgement we believe that you intend for us to provide care; if ordered by the courts, government authorities, public health, law enforcement, coroners, or funeral directors; or in the event of organ donations, research, military activity, or for national security.

 

We reserve the right to consult with other professionals when appropriate. In these circumstances, your identity will not be revealed, and only important clinical information will be discussed. Please note that such consultants are also legally bound to keep this information confidential. 

Crises

As much as our staff attempts to provide personalized treatment, this practice is not designed to manage crises, and Addiction Recovery Medicine is not a crisis facility. Time sensitive issues such as this should be directed to your local crisis center. Area referrals may be provided during initial consultation and discussed during subsequent visits. Please refer to the information under Resources to familiarize yourself and your family of available resources.

_______________________________

Note: Dr. Umhau has extensive experience helping those in sensitive occupations whose alcohol use threatens their livelihood.  If you are able to schedule an in-person appointment session to be conducted at our offices in the Maryland suburbs of D.C., we can accept cash payments and avoid all electronic recordkeeping, to keep our conversations private and discrete.

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