Best Psychiatrist for Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol consumption is the fourth biggest cause of avoidable mortality globally, accounting for roughly 5% of all fatalities. Alcohol has the ability to rewire the brain and build physical dependency, resulting in severe withdrawal symptoms when it is discontinued. Alcoholism can have a variety of medical, psychological, and social consequences, ranging from weight gain and liver disease to spousal violence, loss of money, unemployment, and harm to unborn children.

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A psychiatrist is a medical professional who can help individuals recover from alcohol addiction. A psychiatrist helps by diagnosing the disorder, prescribing medication and more. A psychiatrist also helps in guiding an individual through the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol deaddiction.

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  • You are unable to control the amount of alcohol you consume.
  • Trying to cut down on how much you drink or wanting to cut down on how much you drink but failing
  • Investing a significant amount of time on drinking, obtaining alcohol, or recovering from alcoholism
  • Having a strong desire or impulse to consume alcohol
  • Failure to meet key duties at job, school, or home as a result of excessive alcohol use
  • Genetics
  • Trauma
  • Peer Pressure
  • Environmental factor
  • Medication
  • Psychotherapy
  • CBT
  • Support Groups
  • Out-patient
  • In-patient
  • Rehabilitation


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Alcohol addiction is a serious mental health illness that affects over 5 million people in the country. The disorder affects a person’s physical, mental, and social health. It affects a person’s academics, employment and family relations. If diagnosed early, alcohol addiction can be treated through methods like medication, psychotherapy, group therapy and family therapy. 

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Cadabams offers the best treatment options for alcohol addiction. This includes services ranging from out-patient services, in-patient services, and rehabilitation. We offer proven, and tailor-made treatment programs for alcohol addiction, that have helped countless individuals recover from the disorder.

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M.Phil (RCI) & M.Sc in clinical psychology

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MBBS, M.D. (Psychiatry)

Dr. Keerthi Sagar

MBBS, M.D. (Psychiatry)

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Ph.D. (RCI) in Psychiatric Social Work

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MBBS, M.D. (Psychiatry)

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Who is a Psychiatrist?

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine specializing in diagnosing, treating, and preventing mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the physiological and psychological aspects of these disorders, enabling comprehensive treatment for various conditions such as mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, and more. 

What are the Qualifications of Psychiatrists for Alcohol Addiction?

A psychiatrist specialized in alcohol addiction treatment is a medical doctor with an MBBS and an MD in Psychiatry. Their comprehensive training and expertise equip them to assess, diagnose, and treat alcohol addiction and associated mental health issues.

What Does an Alcohol Addiction Psychiatrist Do?

In cases of alcohol addiction, a psychiatrist often serves as the primary contact. They conduct a thorough evaluation, including physical examination, psychiatric assessment, and evaluation of the individual's medical and family history. 

The psychiatrist then collaborates with a multidisciplinary team, including psychologists, counselors, case workers, and nurses, to devise a holistic treatment plan.

Difference Between a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Therapist & Counsellor?

A psychiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions, including alcohol addiction, and can prescribe medications. 

Psychologists, on the other hand, are professionals with postgraduate qualifications who employ various therapeutic techniques to manage psychiatric disorders but cannot prescribe medication.

Therapists and counselors provide cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, and other therapies to help manage daily challenges associated with conditions like alcohol addiction. 

Together, these professionals form a multidisciplinary team that works towards improving the individual's overall well-being.

What Diseases are Treated by a Psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of disorders, including:

1. Neurodevelopmental disorders: such as global developmental delay, communication disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.

2. Mood disorders: including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and cyclothymic disorder.

3. Personality disorders: like schizoid personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, and antisocial personality disorder.

4. Eating disorders: such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

5. Substance use disorders: which include addiction to substances such as alcohol, nicotine, and hallucinogens.

6. Psychotic disorders: including schizophrenia, delusional disorder, and brief psychotic disorder.

7. Impulse-control disorders: where children display disruptive or defiant behavior symptomatic of conduct disorder or oppositional defiant disorder.

What Things to Expect During an Appointment With a Psychiatrist?

When consulting a psychiatrist for the first time, expect them to gather general information about you and ask about your medical and family history. They may recommend specific physiological and psychological tests to understand your condition better. 

Based on your symptoms, the psychiatrist may also prescribe medications to manage them.

When to See a Psychiatrist for Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction is characterized by an inability to control drinking due to physical and emotional dependence on alcohol. 

Symptoms may include craving alcohol, drinking despite negative consequences, neglecting responsibilities, and experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not drinking. If you or a loved one displays these symptoms, it's essential to seek professional help.

Why Should an Individual Consult an Alcohol Addiction Psychiatrist?

An alcohol addiction psychiatrist can diagnose and treat the physiological and psychological aspects of alcohol addiction. Depending on the severity of the condition, the psychiatrist may prescribe medications to manage withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse.

How Often Does Someone Need to Visit an Alcohol Addiction Psychiatrist?

The frequency of visits to an alcohol addiction psychiatrist varies depending on the individual's needs and the severity of their addiction. Those with severe alcohol addiction might require more frequent consultations.

How to Find the Best Alcohol Addiction Psychiatrist Near You?

With the help of clinics, helplines, mental health apps, and online searches, you can find the best alcohol addiction psychiatrist near you. Having the support of a loved one can make this process smoother.

Why Cadabams?

Cadabams has been delivering quality mental health care for over three decades. Our experts, trained in the latest treatment modalities, aim to design customizable and holistic treatment plans that improve your overall well-being.

Facilities & Services within Cadabams

Our experts offer multiple treatment options, including outpatient services, rehabilitation, and emergency care, catering to your specific needs.


Confidentiality is crucial in any professional-client relationship. Our experts adhere to strict standards of confidentiality and are prohibited from sharing personal information about the client unless absolutely necessary.


Can Psychiatrists Cure Alcohol Addiction?

While alcohol addiction cannot be 'cured' in the traditional sense, psychiatrists can help individuals manage their addiction symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Can Psychiatrists Do Counseling?

While psychiatrists primarily focus on diagnosing conditions and managing medications, they can also employ counseling strategies when necessary.

Are All Mental Disorders Treated by Psychiatrists?

Psychiatrists are equipped to treat a wide range of mental disorders, though some mild conditions may not require regular psychiatric intervention.

How Does a Psychiatrist Treat Alcohol Addiction?

Treatment for alcohol addiction typically begins with a thorough diagnosis and intervention plan. This might involve physiological and psychological assessments, therapeutic techniques, and prescribed medications.

How Does a Psychiatrist Diagnose Alcohol Addiction?

To diagnose alcohol addiction, psychiatrists use a variety of tools, including psychological evaluations and assessments of medical and family history.

How to Consult an Alcohol Addiction Psychiatrist Online?

You can book an online consultation with our psychiatrists via our website. Video consultations allow you to address your concerns from the comfort of your home.

What Are Some Subspecialties of Psychiatry?

Several subspecialties within psychiatry include Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Reproductive Psychiatry, Family Psychiatry, and Public and Community Psychiatry.

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