What is Addiction Psychiatry?

Addiction Psychiatry is a branch of mental health care that addresses the treatment of substance-related disorders caused by intoxication, substance withdrawal, misuse/abuse, and dependence upon legal and/or illegal substances. A relatively recent development in the branch of medicine, Addictionology combines evidenced-based treatment and involves multidisciplinary teams in the treatment of substance use disorders.

How It Works

Evidence-based therapeutic techniques such as pharmacotherapies and behavioral therapies are used to treat addiction to opioid, tobacco, alcohol and other substances while treating spectrum disorders and co-occurring disorders (also known as dual diagnosis disorders). Some of the techniques include the following:

Types of Disorders

Individuals who come in for substance abuse treatment often need dual diagnosis treatment for disorders that may be associated with drug or alcohol abuse.

Medication Management is the administration of medicine under the supervision of an addiction psychiatrist who ensures that the symptoms of the disorder are treated while preventing addiction to prescription medication. Often used for long-term treatment for opiate addiction, medication-assisted treatment manages withdrawal symptoms and cravings. The purposes of medication management are described below:

Psychotherapy, a form of professional therapeutic interaction, involves the use of psychological methods to assist a person in changing his ways and overcoming problems to achieve the desired results. The multifaceted benefits of psychotherapy can be seen in various ways, such as:

New Method Wellness highly emphasizes individualized treatment with a 2:1 ratio for all clients. Each client benefits from having two therapists who focus primarily on his or her wellness. This 2:1 ratio, unique only to New Method Wellness, is responsible for the high success rate for our clients who have benefited from our psychotherapeutic techniques which include group therapy, family behavior therapy, and one-on-one sessions.

About Dr. Nishant Kumar, D.O. – Consulting Addiction Psychiatrist

At New Method Wellness, Dr. Kumar’s extensive professional experience and excellent Addictionology training at one of the country’s most distinguished institutions bring much value to our recovery community. Dr. Kumar works alongside other board certified substance abuse experts to diagnose and treat co-occurring disorders and underlying mental health issues.

Dr. Kumar received his psychiatry residency training at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, and served as the Academic, Research and Administrative Chief Resident. After successful completion of his advanced training in Addiction Psychiatry, Dr. Kumar has been part of the Medical Staff and supervises psychiatrists in training.

An approved, licensed buprenorphine provider and board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Kumar has extensive experience working with patients with regard to treatment of substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD), Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, depression, memory disorders and other neurological/spectrum disorders. In addition to his clinical skills, he is actively involved in Addiction Medicine and other addiction-related research and is currently a Principal Investigator for Friends Research Institute in Torrance, California.

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