Dr. Jeff Blixt

Addiction Medicine
Colorado Springs, CO
26 years experience male

About

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 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Overdose: Fake pot such as k2 or spice can be more potent than thc from marijuana. It is a chemical that is sprayed on the inert herbs, as a result it is not ev... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
AA, NA counseling: Not everybody with an addiction needs a 30 inpatient rehab. Alcoholics anonymous or narcotic anonymous meetings are almost universal in locations, tim... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Up to 30 percent of dt's can be fatal if they are not treated by medical professional. With proper care, possibly in a ICU setting the mortality nowad... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
On line: There are online meetings thru various user groups, do you have microphone or you could just listen. I know I am answereing this late as it is now nov... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
What you put into it: Some people may get very involved and complete them in a few months, some may take over a year, many never finish them at all. It not how fast you com... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Partially it is.: Some people will naturally have a higher tolerence for alcohol, factors such as family history of alcoholism, certain ethnic groups may have a higher ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Why a letter?: I can imagine your feelings, especially of shame, why a letter seems best, but if this is the caring supportive man you love, talk to him in person, ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
4-5 days: Constipation is usually part of taking vicodin and diarrhea is one of the withdrawal symptoms? Diarrhea and body aches may begin 18-24 hours after sto... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
No: Would not show up in standard opiate screen, needs to be specifically looking of tramadol to find it.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Seek support: You need to talk to someone, your doctor, perhaps a therapist that specializes in sex addictions. Medications may be of some moderate benefit as well,... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Variable: It all depends of the amount drank, 1-2 alcoholic beverages 1-2 times per week may actually have some health benefits and not affect performance. Bing... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
See below: Higher than if you were not. There is a genetic component that may account about 50%. Also if you are active in your disease currently, he learns from... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Many people with alcoholism will be both, however some people may not have strong physical dependence but still very strong psychological dependence. ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
You already have!: Sounds like you have made the decision you want to quit, this is the first step. Things that can help solidify your decision is making a list of the ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Yes i agree with other answer, al-anon is for any family member or friend affected by someone else's alcoholism, however there is also a specific 12 s... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: The very fact that you are asking that questions implies you have some concerns about your drug use. Which is a good thing. If you trust you doctor th... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Yes?: Not an easy answer, many people drink to feel better however it will usually only make these feeling worse, at best it numbs the feeling such as depre... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: There is gamblers anonymous, you could do a web search for meetings in your area.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Dopamine: Dopamine is the main pleasure chemical in the brain, basically all drugs that can be addictive raise Dopamine levels in the brain including nicotine. ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Disuss with others: Addiction is a lifelong process, whether on a substance or not it is always there, its what you do with that that matters. Suboxone is an amazing tool... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
You may: Going to nothing may cause some withdrawal, but it may be mild and tolerable, and within a week should mostly resolve. Expect fatigue, mild insomnia, ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Good question: Not an easy answer, depending on your relationship with her, it may take "tough love" as there are consequences for her behavior. I would stronly enco... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Nope: Check out the Campral website, it clearly states not recommended and will not work. Campral is intented to be used along with other forms of support f... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
No: Suboxone will help withdrawls from oxycotin. If you are not in withdrawls already and then take suboxone, it will cause what is called precipitated wi... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 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
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 26 years experience
Not most drug screen: It will not show up in standard opiate screens. Unless the screen is looking specifically for buprenorphine, it won't show up.
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Testimonials
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HealthTap member
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.
HealthTap member
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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