SPECIAL SERIES: Breaking Down Addiction
with Dr. Tom Brophy

Promoting addiction awareness and education is a huge part of our mission. Gaiser’s medical director shares insights on the science of addiction and the recovery process here every month.



Q: Can a person have an addiction and be completely unaware?

A: Yes, it’s completely possible to be unaware of addiction. What's most often surprising to people, though, is not all addictions are relating to chemical substances. Behaviors such as shopping, viewing pornography and eating can become destructive. Persisting in behaviors that damage health, finances or relationships may indicate an addiction.

Concerned about potential addiction? An appointment with an addiction counselor can help determine if treatment is necessary.

About Dr. Brophy
C. Thomas Brophy, DO, medical director of the Gaiser Center, is one of the region’s few physicians board certified in both Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Brophy is experienced in treating the acute aspects of addiction, such as overdose and withdrawal, in the emergency departments of local hospitals. In the outpatient setting, he employs evidence-based medicine and leading-edge Medication Assisted Treatment options to bring hope and stability to individuals combatting addiction. Placing a premium on addiction prevention and awareness, he implemented educational programs in schools across western Pennsylvania and launched the nonprofit Opiate Reform Initiative to educate the public and reduce the stigma associated with addiction.


Have a question for Dr. Brophy? Email us at inquiries@gaisercenter.com.

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The Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Center, a nonprofit organization, is a licensed PA addiction treatment center.
The Gaiser Center has been helping those struggling with addiction find recovery since 1971.

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