Working with people who have addictions means helping them stop or reduce their reliance on something, and then maintain their healthier lifestyle.
As an addictions psychiatrist, you therefore need a good knowledge of physical health issues along with both psychological and physical treatment approaches.
You’re also likely to work with courts, probation services and social and children’s services.
While it is true that many individuals you’ll meet as an addictions psychiatrist come from areas of social deprivation, addiction problems affect all sections of society.
They may also have a range of physical illnesses caused (or not) by their addictions. In short: addiction psychiatry includes a bit of general medicine, quite a bit of general psychiatry, and a lot of psychology.
It’s a hugely varied field where you can have a significant impact on the lives of patient’s and carers, while also being able to use a broad range of medical skills and work in a multidisciplinary setting.