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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Faculty of Addictions Psychiatry

About us

The Faculty of Addictions is concerned with the assessment and treatment of people with complex medical and social needs arising out of Addictions or addictive behaviour (this may include gambling).

The substances may include alcohol, illicit drugs, prescribed or over-the-counter medication, and volatile solvents. There are a range of treatment options, from advice and information to psychological and pharmacological treatments which may include drug substitution or detoxification regimes.

Dealing with patient needs may involve wider aspects of healthcare such as GPs, hospital-based specialists in liver disease, HIV, mental health, etc. Social problems, legal problems, housing and employment may also require help; thus we work in teams with other professionals and disciplines.



Faculty of addictions


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News and events

Enter the Medical Student
Essay Prize in Addictions Psychiatry

New report:
'Substance misuse in older people' (April 2015)


Addictions Faculty Annual Conference

Date: Thu 30 April - Fri 1 May   Location: Brighton


REPORT: Guidance for healthcare professionals on drug driving



Club drugs and NPS


VIDEO: A Carer's Experience of Addiction by Dr Arun Dhandayudham

Watch Sandra McDermott's first-hand account of living with a son addicted to heroin.


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If you would like to contact the Addictions Faculty please email the Committee Manager, Lauren Wright.

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