Dr. James Luzano is an Addiction Psychiatrist who has a background in mental health and addiction. His private practice, called The Solstice Clinic, is located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westwood, just south of the UCLA campus. Dr. Luzano specializes in addiction and co-occurring disorders like PTSD, anxiety and depression. His services include diagnostic assessment, psychotherapy and medication management. He holds special certifications to administer Buprenorphene—in the form of Suboxone and Subutex—for opiate detox and maintenance and Vivitrol injections to help reduce cravings for alcohol and opiates. He also serves as a consultant for several treatment facilities and works as an attending psychiatrist in the psychiatric emergency room at Olive View UCLA Medical Center.
Dr. Luzano got his BS in Chemical Engineering from the prestigious Columbia University in New York. After undergrad, he worked for five years as a Research and Development Scientist for multinational medical, pharmaceutical and consumer goods company, Johnson & Johnson, before going to medical school. Luzano earned his MD from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey in 2008. He came to LA after med school to do his psychiatric residency at the UCLA San Fernando Valley Training Center. He then completed a yearlong Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai before creating The Solstice Clinic in July of 2013.
In his many professional endeavors Luzano treats a wide range of clients, from those in upscale rehabs to Olive View, which is a county hospital and the primary mental healthcare provider for the indigent population of LA’s San Fernando Valley. In his private practice, he offers outpatient services to adults struggling with addictions, including substance abuse, gambling, compulsive eating and shopping. He also treats co-occurring mental health issues like depression, anxiety and PTSD. Luzano also serves as a psychiatric consultant for several community organizations and residential treatment facilities, these include Paradigm Malibu, The Matrix Institute on Addictions, PAX House in Pasadena and the St. Joseph Center, a non-profit that serves the poor and homeless in Venice, California.
Regardless of the setting, treatment with Dr. Luzano typically begins with a diagnostic evaluation. Based on the results, he forms a psychiatric treatment plan that can include medication management and psychotherapy. In the consultant capacity with treatment centers, he also works evaluating and diagnosing patients admitted for psychiatric and addiction disorders. Dr. Luzano’s outpatient care offers evidence-based treatment approaches like CBT and DBT and there is no set length of care, as it varies widely depending on the individual.
Treatment and Recommendations
The scope of Dr. Luzano’s care depends on the individual. Those who see him in private practice for opiate withdrawal support can expect medication management on a detox or maintenance track. Both types of clients also receive psychotherapy to address co-occurring disorders, trauma and other root causes of addiction. Since Dr. Luzano works closely with several rehabs, clients are referred to inpatient programs if that level of care is needed. Those who need medical care or more active supervision during detox can also be provided with referrals. In addition, Dr. Luzano is a proponent of the 12-step approach for peer support and ongoing recovery. Clients are encouraged to attend local AA/NA meetings to further support their recovery and Alanon and Alateen are recommended for family members and loved ones.
Dr. James Luzano
The Solstice Clinic
10921 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 412
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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