Dr. Carl W. Christensen, MD

Dr. Carl W. Christensen, MD

Addiction Medicine | Male | 64 years old

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Addiction is an often fatal disease that can involve dependence on opioids (prescription pain pills), alcohol, cocaine, sedatives, and more. Treatment may involve medication assisted therapy (buprenorphine, naltrexone), 12 step recovery (AA/NA) or residential treatment. If medications are used, it is important not to rely on them alone! We can perform an addiction assessment, make recommendations for treatment, and coordinate your care.Read more

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based on 19 total surveys (7 with reviews)
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Dr. Christensen Says:

Addiction medicine is a field unlike any other....patients know that there is something wrong, that they want to change, but often do not know what to do next.  They will come to either a primary care provider or an addictionist to seek help.  Often they will not welcome the news that they will hear; that they need to discontinue the medications (opioids, sedatives or stimulants) that they...

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in Ann Arbor MI |
Absolutely Brilliant, caring, helpful and understanding.
in Wayne, MI |
Dr. Christensen is the best Dr. That has ever treated me in my life. Going on four years now and I have 2 kids a husband, a house, and a career. When we first met i had nothing and was still trying to stay sober. I haven't relapsed and he has never made me feel like he doesn't care. If you make an effort in your recovery he will be there for you.
Clinton Township, MI |
Terrible doctor will definitely stop anyone possibly from being subjected to his careless attitude rudeness and lack of compassion. Nothing but a horrible experience from start to finish. Long wait times 3-4 hours past appointment. When expressing how unhappy we were with his care he refused to fill out fmla paperwork and told us to leave. Never came to check on me or my baby after I delivered. Not exactly sure what the point was of seeing him each apt. He spent 2 mins in the room each appt.
Brooklyn, MI |
Spent no time with me and handed me some paper work and said if you run out of meds go to the ER and we all know how that works and he was treating a hole room full of people i guess that how i rate ...
in Waterford, MI |
Dr. Christensen is an amazing doctor. He literally gave me my life back by helping with my pain management. He is always honest, thorough and comprehensive with his assessments. He is kind, professional, sympathetic, thoughtful, and caring and has the best wife and dog in the world. :) Anyone who has a negative review to offer on him and his practice does so because they are going to him for the wrong reasons. I would follow this man to the ends of the earth in order to have him as my doctor.
in Canton MI |
I've been seeing Dr. Christensen a number of years now. He's always very professional and courteous. He's also been very helpful when working around insurance issues. I wouldn't want to see any other Doctor.
Detroit, MI |
I found him to be very full of him self. He refused to treat me without explanation. Simply gave me 2 letters to hospitals that (according to the letters) and upon further searching, found he has been banned from further practice at these hospitals per administration. St. John's&St.Mary's. Further, though the Internet may say so he is not a practicing pain management specialist nor does he treat for so. A little research goes a long way. Do your homework before getting wasting time and money.
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Dr. Christensen's Care Philosophy

Addiction is an often fatal disease that can involve dependence on opioids (prescription pain pills), alcohol, cocaine, sedatives, and more. Treatment may involve medication assisted therapy (buprenorphine, naltrexone), 12 step recovery (AA/NA) or residential treatment. If medications are used, it is important not to rely on them alone! We can perform an addiction assessment, make recommendations for treatment, and coordinate your care.

Dr. Christensen says...

Addiction medicine is a field unlike any other....patients know that there is something wrong, that they want to change, but often do not know what to do next.  They will come to either a primary care provider or an addictionist to seek help.  Often they will not welcome the news that they will hear; that they need to discontinue the medications (opioids, sedatives or stimulants) that they believe are helping them; that they may need to go to treatment, sometimes for weeks to months, and that they need to continue supervision for an extended time.  The suggestion that they go to twelve step meetings or take medication is often rejected immediately.  It is also no surprise that there is also an urge to "shoot the messenger".  You will see all of this in the reviews on me or any addiction specialist!  My philosophy is that I am here to offer help; it is OK to decline, and the "door is open" for the future.

Dr. Christensen's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Addiction Medicine
  •  Board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology
  •  Malpractice claims in Michigan not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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Why It Matters: Dr. Christensen's Board Certifications

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  • Obstetrics & Gynecology

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Addiction
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Encounters for Normal Pregnancies
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Genitourinary Tract Infections in Pregnancy
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • Headache
  • High Risk Pregnancy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
  • Migraine
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pregnancy-Related Disorders
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Uterine Diseases

Education

  • Medical School
    Wayne State University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1979

  • Internship Hospital
    Hutzel Hosp-Wayne State U

    Completed in 1982

  • Residency Hospital
    Hutzel Hospital Wayne St

    Completed in 1985

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Duke University Med Center

    Completed in 1988

  • Undergraduate School
    Wayne State University

    Graduated in 1976

  • Other Education
    American Board Of Addiction Medicine

    Completed in 2009

    American Society Of Addiction Medicine

    Completed in 2004

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Addiction Medicine
  • High Risk Obstetrics
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Pain Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Detoxification
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fetal Monitoring
  • Gonorrhea Screening
  • HIV Screening
  • Hepatitis B Virus Screening
  • Hepatitis Screening
  • Outpatient Addiction Treatment
  • Pain Management
  • Pregnancy Ultrasound
  • Rh Incompatibility Screening
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening
  • Smoking Cessation Counseling
  • Thyroid Screening

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