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Medical Specialist: Addiction Psychiatry

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recognizes 24 medical specialties in which physicians can pursue additional training and education to pursue Board Certification. One of those specialties is Psychiatry, of which Addiction Psychiatry is a subspecialty. Upon graduation from medical school, a doctor enters a four-year psychiatric-residency program for training in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mood, anxiety, substance-abuse and gender-identity disorders, as well as other psychological and interpersonal problems.

After completion of the psychiatric-residency program, the psychiatrist must then complete another year of training in an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship program in order to be Board Eligible. These specialists are qualified to diagnose and develop a comprehensive treatment plan for individuals with substance-use disorders including:

Associated Diseases

  • Alcohol-use disorder
  • Opioid-use disorder
  • Cocaine- and other stimulant-use disorder
  • Sedative/hypnotic-use disorders
  • Nicotine-use disorder
  • Marijuana- and hallucinogen-use disorder
  • Benzodiazepines-use disorder
  • Organic-solvents use disorder
  • Designer-drug-use disorder
  • Nutmeg, khat and other substance-use disorder


American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.

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Written by: JC Jones MA, RN
Last Updated: February 20, 2008
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