Mental Health Practitioners
There are many psychological illnesses such as mood and anxiety disorders as well as psychological traumas such as physical and sexual abuse that often predispose a person to addiction. Optimal treatment for these persons includes psychiatric treatment and/or psychotherapy. Other people may only choose to work on relapse prevention issues with a drug or alcohol counselor.
In addition, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) accredits Pastoral Counseling Centers throughout the U.S. that provide counseling and psychotherapy services. To Find a Certified Pastoral Counselor, visit the AAPC web site at www.aapc.org and select either Search online: the AAPC Clinical Registry or Locate a counselor with the AAPC Online Membership Directory.
Under “Featured Resources” in the lower right column select “DoctorFinder”. Select “For Patients”, then “DoctorFinder” again. Click Accept and search for a doctor by name or scroll down and search by specialty such as Psychiatry, enter your state, city or zip code and click Quick Search.
From the home page click on "Search for a Physician". Click on "Accept", and you can then search by either "Physician Name" or "Medical Specialty". If you select "Medical Specialty", Look down the page and click on "search from an expanded list of medical practice specialties, select "Addiction Medicine" from the list, and then fill in state, city and/or zip code and click on the "Search" button at the bottom of the page. This should provide a list of addiction psychiatrists in your selected area.