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What do addiction doctors do?
There are two types of addiction doctors: Addiction medicine physicians and addiction psychiatrists. Both can do independent assessments and help set up complete treatment plans. Both can also prescribe medications for alcohol use disorder.
Addiction medicine physicians are often primary care doctors. They can provide a complete medical exam to assess all health issues, related or not to alcohol. They can also offer brief counseling to help motivate patients to make a change.
Addiction psychiatrists are experts in mental health. They are well equipped to care for patients with more than one mental health issue. Some provide both medications and talk therapy while others focus mainly on medications.
Either type of addiction doctor may work in a solo or group practice, a health clinic, or a hospital.Call now