Addiction Psychiatry

This rotation is performed at sites connected to the Lebanon VA Hospital system. Residents are assigned for one day per week to the Lebanon VA Medical Center Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Program (SAARTP) for 3 months and then for 3 months at the Camp Hill VA Outpatient Clinic.

Resident education is provided through individual supervision during the course of patient care. Specific instruction on inpatient detoxification, psychotherapeutic intervention, motivational interviewing, and related topics are given. The Addictions Seminar occurs during this rotation. This structured rotation heightens residents’ awareness and recognition of the drug and alcohol comorbidity in the psychiatric patient population. Residents spend the majority of their time evaluating new patients and treating program participants with individual or group therapy utilizing a variety of treatment modalities ranging from short-term dynamic, to cognitive-behavioral interventions.