Addiction medicine is a highly specialized field that requires training in all aspects of addiction: the impact on the brain, the body, the mind and the psyche. An addiction medicine physician is a medical doctor who has the specific training and expertise to work with people suffering from addiction. They are generally specialists in psychology with board certification in addiction. The addiction medicine physician will understand the dynamic between drugs, behavior, and mental health disorders. This physician is often the person who coordinates and consults with the other clinicians. A person seeking help from a treatment facility should be evaluated and treated by a team of clinicians including an addiction medicine physician.

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