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The Physician is responsible for the medical management of patient service in conjunction with the Program Director and the Medical Director. The Physician may designate duties and responsibilities to a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner within the boundaries of state and federal regulations and accreditation standards.


Supervision of the Physician Assistant and/or Nurse Practitioner, if applicable
Supervision of nursing staff in the absence of a Nurse Manager
Ensure compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards
Performs medical histories and physical exams
Determines diagnosis and narcotic dependence
Reviews and signs treatment plans
Determines medication dosage and all changes in dosage
Review and approve appropriate requests for take-home medication and treatment exceptions
Discusses cases with the treatment team
Issues verbal orders pertaining to patient care
Assesses coexisting medical and psychiatric disorders
Treats and/or makes appropriate referrals for the treatment of those disorders
Monitor medication policies for compliance with Discovery House policy, state and federal regulations, and accreditation standards
Review patient records upon admission and annually to determine appropriate level of care and continued treatment benefit
Prescribe, review, and sign appropriate medication orders
Perform other related duties as assigned


Doctoral degree in Medicine (MD or DO)
Three years documented experience in the provision of services to persons who are addicted to alcohol or other drugs, including at least one year of experience in the treatment of narcotic addiction with a narcotic drug
Certification in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine or a certificate of added qualifications in addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
State license to practice medicine
Knowledge of OSHA regulations
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Strong customer orientation
As the foremost behavioral healthcare management company in the world, Acadia Healthcare is pleased to provide an invaluable tool for physicians in both the mental health and medical fields through its Physician Career Line, or PCL.

Designed specifically for individuals who have committed their lives to delivering exceptional healthcare while in the position of physician, the Physician Career Line offers a variety of resources to psychiatrists, medical doctors, and other physicians who are specialized in treating mental health concerns, behavioral health issues, and chemical dependency problems.

PCL supplies the following to all who access this resource:

~Detailed information about physician-related current events so that psychiatrists and medical doctors can stay abreast of trends, research, and the latest advances in psychiatry and medicine in general
~Dates and times of conferences in which Physician Career Line representatives will be present to talk about resources available to medical personnel
~Educational programs that PCL offers, along with details about how one can partake in such opportunities
~PCL-published newsletters that include articles about issues, concerns, and solutions that are of particular interest to physicians

If you are interested in learning more about PCL, feel free to peruse this site, elect to receive the Physician Career Line newsletter, or contact PCL to become more aware of the resources and opportunities available in your area. Additionally, if you feel that your skillset and philosophy of care matches that of Acadia Healthcare, do not hesitate to inquire about an open position at a treatment center today.