Therapy alone is not sufficient treatment for everyone when it comes to overcoming behavioral health conditions. For some, pharmacotherapy alongside psychotherapy can aid in the healing process and increase the person’s chances of having lasting success. Psychiatrists and psychiatry wellness centers can fill this gap.
What is Psychiatry?
Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of various behavioral health conditions including mental illnesses and substance use. Unlike psychologists, therapists, and some other behavioral health professionals, psychiatrists are medical doctors who can prescribe medications to patients for their treatment.
Because a combination of therapy and medication is sometimes the most effective means of behavioral health treatment, psychiatry programs can help patients who may otherwise not see sufficient improvement in treatment from therapy alone.
Psychiatric Services with Vertava Health
At Vertava Health, we offer outpatient psychiatry at some of our locations. Our psychiatrists will work with patients as well as other professionals to find an appropriate balance of therapy and necessary mediations to give patients their best chance for comprehensive healing. These medications are meant to aid in the healing process and potentially speed up treatment. If we do not have a psychiatrist at your treatment facility, we are able to refer you to someone if we believe it is in your best interest.
Psychiatry for Mental Health
Especially when they are more severe, some mental health conditions require both therapy and pharmacotherapy to mitigate symptoms. These medications may be temporary or longer-lasting depending on the condition and the patient.
As a patient, you will first undergo a psychiatric assessment that includes mostly answering questions about your symptoms, condition, and medical history so that we can get to know you better. From here, a psychiatrist will determine what medications are most appropriate for you, if any, in tandem with your therapy programming. If medications are recommended, our psychiatrists will walk you through each one and their purposes as well as answer any questions you may have, rather than just prescribing them. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable with these medications.
While it may seem counterintuitive, addiction psychiatry is a subspecialty of behavioral health psychiatry that may prescribe patients appropriate medications alongside therapy to help them in the recovery process. Because addiction and mental health are often connected, psychiatrists are able to treat patients as a whole. While the psychiatrist may use therapy to address parts of the addiction, medications may help with mental health symptoms that are fueling the substance use.
Psychiatrists will start will an assessment of the patient’s substance use, mental health, and medical history to determine if medications are in the best interest of the patient. Because some patients receiving addiction treatment have a history of prescription drug abuse, medications that have a risk of dependence will be avoided and all medications will be closely monitored throughout treatment. This combination of therapy and medication can increase some patient’s chances of finding lasting sobriety.
At Vertava Health, we believe that individualized treatment that is tailored to the patient’s specific needs and goals is the key to long-term success. Not only do we work with the patients to create a unique treatment plan for them, but also, we employ a wide variety of team members who specialize in various areas of behavioral health medicine to ensure that patients are getting comprehensive care.
These team members include licensed psychiatrists at some of our locations who will work with our other professionals to design the best treatment program for the individual patient. If we do not have a psychiatrist at the location you are interested in, we do have trusted partners that we will refer patients to if we believe it in is their best interest.
If you are ready to start healing or have a loved one in need, reach out to us today.