Addictions


Addiction is a chronic relapsing condition which afflicts many families worldwide. The programmes Dr McGovern has developed at the Priority Medical Clinic are evidence based and bring together the skills of specialists in addiction counselling, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy and relaxation therapy. This multidisciplinary collaborative approach provides patients with the best possible care in dealing with their addictions.

Often concerns around privacy and confidentiality can be significant barriers to people seeking treatment for an addiction related problem. It is very important that anyone who accesses treatment is able to do so safe in the knowledge their private medical issues are kept private. Dr McGovern takes this aspect of treatment extremely serious and understands the impact fear of privacy breaches can have on patients. By providing outpatient treatment patients can continue their daily activities without fear of anyone knowing that they are dealing with an addiction. This is unfortunately very difficult to do when one enters an inpatient rehab treatment facility.

Link to: Alcohol Abuse

Link to: Outpatient Addiction Treatment

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