Addiction Psychiatry Expert Witness

Addiction Psychiatry Expert Witness

ADDICTION PSYCHIATRY is a relatively new medical field that recently surged in demand due to the opioid crisis and ever-increasing numbers of patients with addiction disorders. While any physician may treat patients with addiction, the field of Addiction Psychiatry is devoted to the care of patients with a dual diagnosis of an addiction disorder and psychiatric illness.

Addiction Psychiatrists are physicians who undertake a full residency in Psychiatry and then complete a one-year fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry. Successful candidates may then become board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) with a subspecialty certificate in Addiction Psychiatry. Addiction Psychiatrists work in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, and treat patients with myriad addictions to activities (e.g. sex, food, gambling, impulse control) and substances. Common substances of abuse include alcohol, cocaine, opioids (e.g. heroin, Oxy-Contin), benzodiazepines (e.g. Valium, Xanax), and nicotine. Addiction Psychiatrists manage these patients by providing detoxification, hospitalization, psychotherapy, and other treatments often while managing underlying psychiatric issues such as depression, suicidality, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

Since substance-abuse issues typically lead to substance-induced disorders, Addiction Psychiatrists also manage withdrawal syndromes including those due to opioids, alcohol, and common drugs of abuse. For the treatment of opioid addiction, Addiction Psychiatrists may rely upon Methadone, Suboxone (buprenorphine), Vivitrol (naltrexone), or Sublocade (extended-release buprenorphine).

From opinions on liability to the analysis of complex issues involving any facet of Addiction Psychiatry, Elite Medical Experts has in-depth experience in all facets of addictive disorders including:

  • Opioids (Oxy-Contin, oxycodone, fentanyl, heroin)
  • Suboxone (buprenorphine) treatment
  • Methadone maintenance
  • Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Ativan)
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Alcohol
  • Sex addiction
  • Gambling addiction
  • Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating)
  • Internet addiction
  • Tobacco addiction

Given the diversity of addictive disorders, a nationally recognized expert witness from a major university medical center will be an invaluable asset for challenging assignments. To secure a hand-selected Addiction Psychiatry expert for your case, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on our Case Strategy Team.

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