Addiction Psychiatry first began in 1985 when a small group of prominent psychiatrists founded their own organization as addiction psychiatrists. The growth of psychiatry in the field of addiction is a has continued to develop given the rise of mental health and addiction issues. The scope of the development is to provide a multi-disciplinary approach in every aspect of addictions issues; both psychological and physical. Specializing on the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of those suffering from substance dependency and addiction, addiction psychiatry aims to heal addiction effectively.
The Priorities of Addiction Psychiatrists
- Further the development of clinical services for those struggling with psychoactive substance use and mental health disorders.
- Support integrated research and scholarly work in dual diagnosis treatment and addictions
- Develop evidence-based policies and practices for the recovery from addiction
The advancements in Addiction Psychiatry stem from the fields of neuroscience and psychology. Some topics include the neuroscience of rewarding behaviour, understanding drug-seeking behaviour, impulse control, tolerance of substance abuse. As an expanding field, there is a high demand for experts in the field of substance abuse in both public and private areas.
Addiction Rehab Toronto provides psychiatric care for those clients who are looking to further assessing their mental health diagnosis or to identify new mental health and addiction issues (disorders in behaviour, cognition, and emotion) in order to heal.
Addiction Rehab Toronto works with a network of psychiatrists, through Psychotherapy Matters, with those who specialize in the field of addiction, alongside our psychotherapists at the facility. The psychiatrists and psychotherapists collaborate with the client on understanding if any concurrent disorders are present and treating underlying mental health and addiction issues.
What are the qualifications to become an Addictions Psychiatrist?
Becoming a certified addiction psychiatrist requires years of education, registration with a psychiatric board, and experience in the field. Completion of medical school is a requirement along with certification as a psychiatrist by an accredited board.
Each addiction case is unique and addiction psychiatrists must design their treatment plan according to individual needs. There are several factors and variables that connect with an individual’s struggle with an addiction. Social stresses, traumatic experiences, family conflict, employment stress etc. are specific to each individual, subject to how stressors are experienced, and how experiences are perceived. Addiction psychiatrists must also be able to identify physical changes and their effects on health due to psychoactive substance use in order to treat the client properly.
By utilizing both medicine and psychotherapy, the psychiatrist and the psychotherapist provide treatment for the physical and psychological issues at the same time. Addiction Rehab Toronto employs a high level of care for our clients, to make certain they have the best possible care. For more information about our treatment programs, please call 1 855 787 2424.