Psychiatrist-Run Treatment Centers
What is a treatment center?
A residential treatment center is defined as a health care facility where patients reside for certain periods of time and receive professional help for their issues with substance abuse, mental illness, or behavioral problems. At a treatment center, patients will receive the time and individualized care they need to fully heal, before they return to their everyday lives at home.
When seeking help from a treatment center, it is important to notice who is in charge of the facility. The best are run by psychiatrists, as they have specialized medical training in the human brain and a deep understanding of the mental disorders that affect it. Substance abuse is also categorized as a mental disorder, as the chemicals from the substances affect the brain in different ways, usually masking a deeper mental disorder that needs healing in order for the abuse to stop. Simultaneous treatment is required for both the substance use and the underlying mental disorder in order for the person to live a life free of the dysfunction the two can bring. These disorders are difficult to manage, and the correct trained professional—a psychiatrist—should be in charge of the care.
Effective treatment begins with a psychiatrist.
Psychiatrists are up-to-date and understand the latest research regarding treatment strategies. Therefore, they are able to scientifically weigh the pros and the cons, allowing for the most effective strategy to be used with each individual, all while maintaining a level of compassion for the patient’s situation and needs. The best patient outcomes will result from psychiatrist-run treatment centers.