Dr. Adam Front

Clinical Psychology
San Ramon , CA
29 years experience male

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Adam L. Front, Ph.D.

San Ramon , CA

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San Ramon , CA, United States
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Bio

I have been working in various mental health and substance abuse treatment settings for over 30 years, licensed as a psychologist since 1997. I treat anxiety and panic, alcohol / drug addictions, behavioral addictions (gambling, food, sex, shopping, etc.), OCD, relationship problems, insecurity / low self-esteem, stress and anger problems .

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Clinical Psychology

Languages spoken

English

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346 Answers
520 Agrees
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Anxiety help: Depends what kind of anxiety - worry or physical, constant or situational, specific triggers or random times... Find a therapist specializing in anxie... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Treating anxiety: Anxiety is fear that has no specific source. It feeds on itself. The two lies that anxiety tells us are 1) that something bad is very likely to happen... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Relative dosages : The number of milligrams of a particular medication is meaningless without knowing its relative strength compared to other similar medications. In thi... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Question thequestion: Pills may not be the solution for attention problems, and add / adhd may not be the right question. Many things can be distracting, including anxiety... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Love & logic: I agree with others who have said that there are many good parenting books. It also depends what age your kids are and what issues you may be having ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Overeaters Anonymous: Take the quiz on www.Oa.Org. Acknowledging being out of control can be more effective than trying to control it more. Overeaters anonymous is based on... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Overeaters Anonymous: Just as with other addictions, there is no "cure, " but there is recovery. Overeaters anonymous is based on the principles of alcoholics anonymous. ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Not that simple: Gay & bisexual men are most at risk, but many factors are involved. See the following for more information: http:/... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Stigma of addiction: Unfortunately, many doctors have the same stereotypes of chemically dependent pts that other people do. R u on Methadone for pain mgmt, or for previo... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Overeaters Anonymous: Many people try diets, gastric bypass, "medical weight mgmt" programs (severe liquid meal replacement for rapid wt loss), etc. Many who take these dra... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Counseling: It is a scary thing to face having a substance abuse problem. U r to be commended for even asking the question. Find a therapist who can help u explor... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Anxiety.and migraine: Migraines arm and worse by stress. Certainly if you have both a tendency toward anxiety, or even a diagnosable anxiety disorder, this can bring on mig... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Ignore: Myth: Alcoholism and other addictions are a sign of lack of willpower or of just not caring.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Get treatment: I recommend getting an eval at a drug & alcohol program. Usually the eval is free or low cost. Not as much is known abt synthetic cannabinoids, as th... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Too much sugar: Our bodies need a balance of sugar and fiber, with much more fiber than sugar. Since most of what is removed from fruit to make juice is the fiber, i... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
It certainly can be: Sex addiction takes many forms. Preoccupation with porn is not "just what guys do, " that is a form of denial. If it hurts you and he continues to d... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Overeaters Anonymous: Many people try diets, gastric bypass, "medical weight mgmt" programs (severe liquid meal replacement for rapid wt loss), etc. Many who take these dra... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
What is relapse?: Not sure what you mean by "ruin." if you mean relapse, it depends. Was the Codeine prescribed to you? Did you take it as prescribed and then stop? Did... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Largely inherited: Lots of evidence of strong genetic component: those w/ genetic family history are much more likely to become addicted even if not raised around those ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Exposure therapy: Once medical prob is ruled out find a therapist who specializes in panic disorder, esp helpful is exposure therapy for panic, where gradually, w the t... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Depression: Even if you are not suicidal, the mind and the body are the same you. Why would you want to not treat depression if it can help you enjoy your life b... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Addiction is harm: Although it is largely true that opiates do not do the same type of physical damage to the body that alcohol does, addiction is a dark road that leads... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Compuslive behavior: Anxiety can contribute to feeling a compulsive need to do things like crack knuckles, pick at cuticles, etc. Meditation, therapy specifically for the... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Only if: Only if you are not concerned about damaging the other half. Alcohol is destructive to the liver, pancreas, kidneys, and, well, all the other organs,... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Quite possible: Thc is fat soluble, so it is detectable much longer than other drugs, most of which are water soluble. If they do a drug screen as part of the tests,... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
County or lo-fee ctr: Most counties across the country have some level of mental health services. With the hit that gov't budgets have taken, services may be minimal in som... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Overeaters Anonymous: There is a set of self-evaluation questions on the oa web site at www.Oa.Org. Oa uses the same 12 steps as aa. It is not a "diet club, " but is an ef... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Time in recovery: If you are on subutex, it is likely that you are in some type of recovery program and/or attending 12 step or other support meetings. Work on your re... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
May seem ok but not!: Following bariatric surgery, the risks of drinking alcohol include interference with the healing from the surgery as well as developing alcohol depend... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Not really....: One can become quite self-absorbed if smoking pot becomes habitual, but "narcissism" as such (e.g., narcissistic peronality disorder" is a much more s... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Yes & no: Many professionals think that behavioral addictions are not legitimate, just "bad habits." but if a behavior takes over your life or interferes with... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Support & meaning: U r right, detox is only the start. Addiction is a disease of disconnection, & recovery is feeling connected w others & knowing that yr life has meani... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Web site or 411: Go to www.Aa.Org and click on the tab for meetings and then find a local meeting, or look in the white pages of the local phone book. There is nearly... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Overeaters Anonymous: Just as with other addictions, there is no "cure, " but there is recovery. Acknowledging being out of control can be more effective than trying to co... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Posssibly anxiety: You should get tested 4 allergies. Is it only certain foods? This is important for your md to know. If it is more general, or random, it may be anx... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Sleep Deprivation?: Sleep loss and stress can have effects similar to what you describe. Stress on the nervous system from lack of sleep or poor nutrition or just from s... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Don't.: You may want to get an assessment by a therapist specializing in addictions or an addiction medicine md. Why are you taking xanax (alprazolam) at 7 a... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Consult a specialist: It can be very dangerous to stop suddenly if you've been drinking a long time. If you experience hand tremors, sweats, or other physical withdrawal sy... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Overeaters: Overeaters anonymous helps bulimics and anorectics, as well as those who are binge eaters (oa.Org).
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
U can get treatment: Unless yr age as listed is a typo (38), u are an adult - why would you need yr parents to take you to the doctor? In many states, even minors can get ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Exposure therapy: There is a lot of validation for treatments that involve gradually increased exposure to the symptoms of panic coupled with relaxation training. Ssri... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Alcohol &antidpresnt: First, alcohol is a depressant. This amounts to taking a depressant w/ an antidepressant. In addition, alcohol is a solvent (some forms will take th... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
It depends: In some states it is possible to get not only diagnosis but also treatment as a minor without parental knowledge or consent. Usually this is based on... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Everyone: Music, and music therapy, affects each individual person differently, regardless of age.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Stimulants: Mdma (ecstasy) is chemically related to speed, although people often think of it as a hallucinogen.They r all addictive & r bad 4 your heart, among ot... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): The "pm" in advil pm is Diphenhydramine (bendaryl). That is what makes you sleepy. The advil does nothing to help you sleep but it is hard... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Anxiety and mood: Anxiety and depression are related and affect each other. Depression can include certain anxious feelings and anxiety can lead to feeling in a down m... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Depends: Having ocd won't turn your hair grey, but u certainly could become obsessed with greying hair. If part of your ocd is hair pulling, this is a differen... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Physical vs emotionl: It is possible but you should see your doctor to rule out any physical causes.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
How can we be sure?: It is hard to know about things that we have no way to know for sure about. There are people who have auditory or visual hallucinations, but we do no... Read More
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Testimonials
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May 14, 2013
Dr Front has a compassionate yet no non-sense approach to addiction that is right on target. His responses on Healthtap are measured, accurate,understandable & helpful. I recommend Dr. Front.
Sep 11, 2013
a welcome addition to the Healthtap community
Aug 26, 2013
great answers! very helpful! Thank you!
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! Oh,thank you Dr..I mean REALLY...I couldn't believe that someone had to actually ask that question & your answer was great
HealthTap member
Thank you so very much for the thoughtful, intelligent answer. I will watch the video you suggested and may go back to my addiction program.
HealthTap member
I have tried, compounding pharmacies, and the active can't be got. It's my responsibility, to take my medication, not yours. Thank you.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITAL
Completed 2006

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Contra Costa County Region, CA - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Contra Costa County Region, CA - Summer
2013
Top Psychologist, First Place, California - Summer
2013
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