Chief of Addiction Medicine, UF Vero Beach
B.S. McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada
M.D. McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Residency: General Surgery, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Fellowship: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
Fellowship: Addiction Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Center for Psychiatry and Addicton Medicine in Vero Beach
For appointment: 772-749-0179
Dr. Yvorchuk has expertise in Addiction Medicine and Pain Management with an extensive background in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Yvorchuk is well published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Spirituality in Recovery. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
He is currently an Assistant Professor with the University of Florida focusing on Addiction and Addiction with Pain at the Center for Psychiatry and Addicton Medicine in Vero Beach.
Dr. Yvorchuk’s Perspective on Recovery:
We felt our way into treatment and into the rooms of AA/NA. Something was missing at the core of being (a lack of ‘energy flow’ – the lack of “connection to that which is Eternal” that we originally experienced as children but lost over time). Because of that loss we developed an emotional instability, a lack of groundedness, and under pervasive and profound worldly pressure we found transient emotional solace in a ‘bottle’ of one form or another and were finally ‘comfortable in our own skin’ at the expense of a transient emotional stability and to the detriment of the body.
The 12 step program provided guidance toward the solution for our emotional troubles in a counter-intuitive fashion – rather than trying to gain ever greater control over behavior and conduct, we were asked to ‘let go’, surrender ‘ourselves’ to ‘That Which is Eternal.’ If we are successful in this endeavor, the long lost child-like (not childish) connection with God (Gen 2:25; Rev 2:4) is re-established. We then foster this connection and develop ever greater emotional stability is it grows in experience within. This experiential loss of ‘our first love’, our connection with God, is experienced by everyone bar none as we all experience our personal fall into self-identification (Gen 3:1-7).
It is each of our quests in this lifetime to re-discover this lost connection – our experience of communion with Father. The descent into addiction followed by recovery through the 12 step program is one form of this quest.