As a Board-certified
Addiction Psychiatrist* with over 20 years of experience, I specialize in the
assessment and treatment of addictive and dual diagnosis disorders (co-occurring
substance use and psychiatric issues). During
my career I have been privileged to hold faculty appointments at Cornell, USC,
and Baylor medical schools and most recently had the honor of serving as
Director of Professional Assessments, Associate Chief of Staff, and Eating
Disorders Program Medical Director at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas.
to this work is a thorough assessment. Substance use
may mimic, precipitate, or worsen psychiatric symptoms. Conversely psychiatric illness increases
addiction risk. Thus a detailed clinical
history and information from other treaters, family, and friends is essential. Next,
overcoming barriers to treatment like overwork, perfectionism, denial, or extreme
self-reliance is often necessary. Treatment
then integrates pharmacological and non-pharmacological (e.g.
motivational enhancement, relapse prevention, psychodynamic psychotherapy,
self-help) therapies, involving all care providers. The
initial treatment goal is abstinence so that recovery can begin while allowing
accurate assessment of psychiatric symptoms.
For some, however, harm reduction may be what’s feasible.
My approach is to advance motivation for sobriety, diagnose and
treat comorbid disorders, cultivate development of adaptive coping, facilitate
relapse prevention efforts, and optimize work-life balance.
*Dr. Yi is Board-certified
in both Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry
and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN); she is also certified in Addiction Medicine by The American
Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and in Health Care Quality and Management by
the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc.