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 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.
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.