Psychiatry is a medical practice that specializes in diagnosing, preventing and treating mental health and emotional disorders. In the addiction field, psychiatry has become much more involved because underlying mental health conditions have been seen as playing a role in the cause of dependence and addiction to substances. Psychiatrists are medical doctors, so they are capable of performing various medical and psychological assessments, as well as providing therapeutic interventions with patients. They are capable of understanding complex mental and emotional issues in addition to evaluating genetic and family history so an appropriate plan for treatment can be implemented.
Psychiatrists can prescribe medications, provide psychotherapy and offer various treatments to help patients reduce and eliminate troubling symptoms so they can function more effectively. Depending on the diagnosis, psychiatrists will make recommendations to patients and prescribe specific medications that address a variety of issues, whether they be antidepressants, sedatives, mood stabilizers, antipsychotic medications, and sometimes stimulants. These medications are often prescribed in conjunction with recommended psychotherapy sessions. They also work with licensed therapists and psychologists to develop effective treatment plans that meet the specific, personal needs of each patient.
Drug and alcohol treatment has become highly generic in its approach to helping people recover. Not because they are greedy and selfish and heartless (well, some are), but because they need to meet their bottom line and keep their doors open. Running a rehab is expensive, plain and simple. However, in this process of keeping “heads on beds”, the individual who is struggling gets thrown into a system of care that is designed to help the masses, but isn’t actually doing a lot to provide care for each specific person, based on their situation.See how we are different