Addiction Psychiatry Program

At the Cedars-Sinai Addiction Psychiatry Program, our mission is to deliver customized, patient-centered care for alcoholism, substance abuse, and related problems. Our clinical programs integrate evidence-based treatment strategies, ranging from psychotherapy to medication. We also conduct cutting edge research in addiction, we have a thriving community outreach program, and we run a subspecialty addiction-training program. Cedars-Sinai also offers a Teen Line and a Psychological Trauma Center.

Our Expert Team

Under the direction of Jeffery Wilkins, MD and Itai Danovitch, MD our expert team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists provides expertise in addiction, child, and adult psychiatry. We can provide access to expert consultation in neurology, neuropsychiatry, and other departments within the hospital.

Who Do We Treat?

We offer treatment to the full range of patients and conditions, including:

  • Children, Youth and Adults
  • Those wondering if they have a problem with drugs, alcohol, or compulsive behaviors
  • Those suffering from anxiety, depression, or other mental health problems in addition to substance use
  • Those who want to make a change but do not know how
  • Those in recovery who want to continue building skills
  • Families who want to learn how to help their loved ones

Our Treatment Philosophy

Addiction describes a compulsive, problematic behavior, which despite recognition of harm, cannot be stopped for an enduring period of time. The most common types of addiction relate to alcohol and drug use.

Drug and alcohol addiction are particularly challenging to address because the drugs themselves alter brain structure in profound ways. Because drug and alcohol addiction lead to problems in many areas of life, recovery typically requires dealing with those problems in addition to the substance use itself. Standard of care treatment programs incorporate individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, and lifestyle rehabilitation.

While some people are able to stop using on their own, and others are able to stop using with a commitment to working the 12 steps with the support of AA or NA, many people need more.

Comprehensive treatment works. A substantial base of evidence reveals that if individuals can be engaged in treatment for an extended period of time, recovery rates surpass those achieved for conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. Comprehensive treatment requires attention to biological, psychological, social, and spiritual contributors to drug use. With an integrated plan of care, and an enduring commitment, recovery is possible for most people.

A Unique Program

Our program is led by psychiatrists with sub-specialty training in addiction. In the past decade, there has been increasing recognition for the role of underlying psychological contributors to drug use. State-of-the-art care for addiction requires integration of service for mental health problems such as mood and anxiety disorders, with recovery based interventions for addiction. This requires an integrated understanding of physiology and biology, together with sensitivity to critical social, developmental, and relationship contributors to addiction.