Psychiatrists are medical doctors (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Since psychotherapy is today provided primarily by licensed social workers, counselors, and psychologists, psychiatrists have increasingly focused on the medical attributes of treating mental health conditions. This can include assessment, prescription and monitoring medications, ordering and interpreting lab work and coordinating care with other care providers who may be treating the individual for other health conditions in addition to coordinating care with other mental health professionals.
Psychiatric Medication Management
Psychiatric medication management services offered at Clearpoint focus on treating addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders with medications while educating clients about addiction, mental illness and the side effects of medications.
What To Expect From Medication Management Services at Clearpoint
- The initial appointment will include completing paperwork that helps us obtain a basic medical history related to substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders.
- Next, the individual will meet with a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practioner who will review all treatment history and current symptoms.
- The psychiatrist will discuss different medications based on their clinical experience and judgment. They will take into account other concerns including, current medical conditions, other medications being prescribed and whether or not the individual is currently using drugs or alcohol.
- The psychiatrist may request psychological or laboratory testing before starting or continuing certain types of medications.
- Followup appointments with the psychiatrist will be shorter in length, typically 15 to 20 minutes.
- It is critical the individual is actively involved in their own care and makes informed decisions about medications. Prescribing instructions for controlled medications should always be carefully reviewed.
Getting Started with Psychiatry & Medication Management
If you, or someone you love is suffering from substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders, we can help. Our staff is equipped to facilitate assessment, treatment planning, and clinical recommendations. To learn more about Clearpoint or to find out whether psychiatry and medication management is right for you or a family member, call our admissions counselors today.
To schedule a comprehensive alcohol or drug evaluation, call us today at 1-203-293-1723.