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Questions to Ask Addiction Doctors

Doctors who are board-certified in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry have the highest level of training in the treatment of alcohol and drug use disorders. You don't need to confirm whether they offer evidence-based care. Instead, we've provided this brief script that may be helpful when you call them.

Note that you will probably speak with an office assistant who works in the doctor's office.

Before making your first appointment:


Hello. My name is [first name], and I am looking into treatment options for a drinking problem.

Is Dr. ____ accepting new patients?

If not: I am looking for a doctor who is board-certified in addiction medicine. Is there another one you could refer me to?

Do you accept our insurance plan? (Have the name of your insurance provider available.)

If not: What rate do you charge per visit?

At the end of your first appointment (preferably after the doctor has recommended a treatment plan):


What are our next steps?

Are there other treatment providers you recommend we work with? May I have their contact information?