In his years of work as a psychiatrist and medical doctor, Dr. Riggs regularly treated patients suffering from mental problems—often further complicated by substance abuse.  The challenge of helping these people pushed him to learn more about the causes and treatment of this modern-day Plague.  For the past seven years his work has concentrated on helping people who suffer from opiate use disorders and other addictions.   He has seen remarkable benefits from using buprenorphine to help opiate addicts stabilize and begin their recovery.  Many newer medications such as naltrexone and modafinil have become available to help recovery. 

Dr. Riggs knows from extensive experience that opiate dependence is a miserable, and debilitating condition, frequently fatal if not treated. The speed with which an individual can stop opiates seems to depend on several factors, most important of which is the positive connection they feel with the people around them.  It also includes their genetic make-up, level of physical activity, motivation, skills of living, length of opiate dependence, and presence of physical and/or psychiatric illness.  These factors need to be recognized and incorporated in a successful treatment.

Professional Qualifications and Experience
2010 - present   Addiction Treatment and General Psychiatry - Spokane, WA
2005 - 2010     Hospital Consultation, General and Forensic Psychiatry - Spokane, WA
1988 - 2005     Adult & Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis - Seattle, WA
1990 - 2017      Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
2017 -  present  Certified by EMDRIA to provide EMDR treatment of emotional trauma

Current Board Certification & Licensure
Certified - Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Certified - Clinical and Anatomic Pathology - American Board of Pathology
Licensed - Physician and Surgeon - MD00014180 - State of Washington