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Dr. Jeff Blixt

Addiction Medicine
Colorado Springs, CO
25 years experience male

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Bio

I am board certified in Family Practice, My areas of interest are Obesity and Addiction and chronic disease management in general. I am Board certified in Addiction Medicine. My passion is helping patients with issues that can be chronic. Addiction and Obesity are both diseases that tend to be chronic condition not unlike high blood pressure or diabetes. As a physician I frequently use medications to assist with both of these conditions, and while I see medications as great tools, my real goal is to help get patients into "recovery". One way to think of recovery is... getting to a place in life where a person has acceptance of themselves and their challenges. i.e. weight control issues and/or addiction problems. This becomes a starting point for embarking on a new life that never seemed possible. Though it may take a lot of work, real happiness and satisfaction are possible.

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Addiction Medicine

Bariatrics

Doctor Q&A

282 Answers
367 Agrees
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Maybe: Suboxone will not show up on most standard opiate uds. Generally the screen has to be looking specifically for Buprenorphine for it to show up. My exp... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Seek help: By asking this is a start. Many chronic alcoholics need help with their disease, no different than a person who needs help with diabetes or cancer. Th... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
See a doctor: This needs to be evaluated, could be significant and needs a work up, chest x-ray and possible other studies. Get this evaluated asap.
A male asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Maybe: Lots of things can help different emotional problems depending on the exact diagnosis. Medication may be one of those things, as could just talking to... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Addiction is sneaky: Why does anybody continue to do anything that could be addictive, because at first their are percieved and actual benefits. Heck health professionls u... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Mood changes: Nicotine has both stimulating and relaxing effects, and with cigarettes persons addicted are very good a titrating the amount of nicotine for desired ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
No: Beer is not a good option for back pain, if someone has an alcohol problem they may begin to see things this way, however they begin to see beer as ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Abdominal fat: Obesity, especially the abdominal kind, specifically the firm fat inside the abdominal cavity, is a leading cause of elevated liver enzymes. Your el... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
No: No i would not recommend this as they are both stimulants.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Naltrexone helps with cravings and comes in pill or an injection that lasts 30 days. Other meds that have also shown some promise are topamax, (topir... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Heroin: Heroin is an illicit drug that is an opiate. Heroin is actually a trade name as it was created by Bayer (aspirin) pharmaceuticals and in the early 1... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Relax your human: Eat healthy foods, get regular exercise, get proper sleep, have healthy outlets, take breaks. Drink plenty of water. If feeling excessive fatigue see... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
See below: Tobacco is a plant that contains nicotine, it also contains many other harmful substances besides nicotine that can promote cancer, heart disease, lun... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Behavior: This biggest clue to a potential drinking problem is does the person continue to use despite negative consequences. Harm to their physical, mental or ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Seek support: I would encourage you to seek support, find a good counselor, try an al-anon meeting, this is a place for loved ones to go if they are affected by som... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Many people do recover from addiction without rehab. Many people recover by attending 12 step meetings such as aa. Some people recover without even me... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Central or visceral adiposity is a risk factor for abnormal cholesterol and high triglycerides, high LDL and low hdl, these fat cell leak out fatty ac... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
No exact amount: Not just about amount, granted many alcohols have high tolerence and can drink significant amounts of alcohol, amount that could kill someone without... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Good question: Can you be fired for having a disease. They answer would be no, you can't, that discrimination. Can you be fired for your behavior, absolutely. Alcoh... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Lots of places: Depending on the substance aa or na is a great start, meetings are numerous, also seek counseling, talking to your doctor. Basically talking to any pr... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Good question: Lots of factors, genetics alone can account for approx 50%, this is variable. Then the environment of that person, there upbringing, life trauma, othe... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Good for realizing.: You know you have the behavior but can't stop, sound similiar to some people with addictions huh? And they usually need help, well no exception for yo... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Yes its true!: Most addicts will tell you that the first time they used a new substance it was an overwhelming euphoric experiance. Their goal is then to repeat that... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
You tell me: If you are the one with the addction or know someone close with the addiction what have you seen. It can cripple life in every facet. Relationships, ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
I'm biased: I see the alcoholics in treatment whom this may have been there first exposure to alcohol. Questions to ask, do any adult family members have a drinki... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Many: No one answer. There is no one quick fix or cure for majority of people with addictions. Seek support, go to a 12 step meeting, talk to a counselor fa... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Ask a loved one: Most people with addictions tend to have lots of denial about their own problems, many defence mechinisms are use, they rationalize, justify, intellec... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Not a lot different: Clearly different substances can have different effects or intoxicated states or damage the body in different ways. However to get better from any sub... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
:) good question: A true addiction to any substance or behavior is never good by the very definition of addiction. Uncontrolled use or can't stop behavior that results ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
You have a disease: This disease is called addiction. Horrible physical withdrawals but even past that long term chances to brain that make stopping difficult. Long term ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Yes?: From a biological standpoint yes in my opinion, people can be sober 10, 20 or more years and still relapse severely if the substance is reintroduced. ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Good question: Simple answer, don't use substances that can be addictive. This is the safest approach espcially if you have a strong family history of addiction in y... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Broad definition : Alcoholic technically not a medical term. The point is many alcoholics in recovery decided for one reason or another that alcohol was not working out... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Seek professional he: Find help from a physician that either specializes in addiction or pain managment, perhaps a slower taper is needed or other meds can be utilized to a... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Stimulant: Bath salts are sold over the counter. They contain a type of stimulant that can act much like methamphetamine, such as mdpv, mephodrone or methylone. ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
See a doctor: These symptoms sound serious and should be evaluate asap. This could indicated serious disease to your heart and/or lungs. Without speculating furthe... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Think about it?: I would guess the intent of binge drinking is fun, and to not throwup after would be a plus, and to not have an aftertaste for days would be even bett... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Technically alcoholic is not a medical term. There are various alcohol use disorders such as alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse, there are even reco... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
See below: Addiction is primarily defined by its psychological or behavioral component, which does have a biological basis. There is no such thing as physical ad... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
What's your bottom?: Everybody has a different bottom. Some maybe told by their doctor that there liver is " a little inflamed" from alcohol, for them that's there bottom ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
No: I cannot recommend over the counter fat burners, the active ingredient in many of these products is very high dose caffiene which could cause problems... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Fat is not just fat: Excess fat is not just a storage tissue, it is metabolically active, it produces inflammatory chemicals, this affects how Insulin is used in the body,... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
He's lucky?: One study showed that alcoholics who drank coffee on a regular basis seem to have less liver damage. He may have avoided other meds such as tylenol (a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Because its a toxin: The lungs were not made to inhale smoke, and if an irritant such as smoke is introduced there job is to try to get it out by causing coughing and incr... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Hmm.: It could, but so could diabetes, heart disease, depression, or maybe the food is used to self medicate the mood problem such as temper in the first pl... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Possibly: One drug company is trying to get approval for a medication that combines Naltrexone with bupropion for the treatment of obesity. Thier is evidence th... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
It already has: You have to be in withdrawal already when starting Suboxone and then it quickly relieves many symptoms. Depending on the opiate usually 12-24 hours is... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Valium affects the brain in a similar way as alcohol. Taking it could "trigger" the brain and cause cravings for alcohol. Try to avoid and if they mus... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Not just the liver!: Alcohol can affect almost every major organ system. It can cause the heart to enlarge, it can significantly affect the nervous system in numerous ways... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 25 years experience
Neurotransmitters: The addiction or obssesion itself causes release of the brains own feel good chemicals such as Dopamine and/or endorphins. Ever heard of a "runners hi... Read More

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Sep 19, 2018
Dr. Blixt’s is first-class, he treats you like a person. He actually CARES about his patients’! Want help with addiction…he is the BEST in the Springs.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Blixt is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Blixt is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I am30 on suboxone to get off the opiates I was RXduring 12 surgeries & a total hip rep & got a little carried away. Thanks 4 telling it like it is!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! What you said is a FACT! I've been on oxycodone for 8yrs and watched alot of especially young inexperienced KIDs do that and overdose!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for your answer! I'm not a heavy smoker of weed or cigeretes, I prefer chew tabbaco but I didn't know if it was normal or not

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, IL
Graduated 1997MD

Awards

Patients Choice Award 2010
Patients Choice Award 2011
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Member of American Society of Addiction Medicine
Member of American Society of Bariatric Physicians
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