Dr Farrukh Alam BSc, MBChB, MRCPsych

Expert assessment and treatment of addictive and mood disorders

Dr Alam is an internationally renowned expert in assessment and treatment of drug, alcohol and other addictive disorders. He is accredited as having specialist expertise in this field by the GMC, and has treated thousands of patients with a variety of addictive disorders

About Dr Alam

Dr Farrukh Alam is a medical doctor, psychiatrist and educator with over twenty five years experience of helping people with psychological problems.

After undertaking his medical training at St Andrews and Manchester Universities, he completed his specialist psychiatry training at The Maudsley Hospital, London. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and has specialist accreditation in general psychiatry and treatment of addiction. 

Dr Alam has worked as a consultant psychiatrist, in the NHS and private sector, and is Associate Medical Director of Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
He continues as Clinical Director at the Priory Hospital Group, and Medical Director of a private mental health service, Orchestrate Health & Addcounsel.
His current national roles include Clinical Advisor to the Civil Aviation Authority.

Dr Alam has a commitment to providing the best quality care, and has published widely in the international literature. He has presented on the topic of addiction to a wide audience, including international conferences, House of Lords, and international and national media.


  • BSc University of St Andrews
  • MB ChB University of Manchester
  • GMC registration 3351431
  • GMC Specialist Register for treatment of Addiction
  • GMC Specialist Register for Adult Psychiatry
  • Membership of The Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Section 12 Approved, Mental Health Act (1983)
  • Medico – Legal expert’s certificate, accredited by city University London & Inns of Court School of Law
  • Clinical Director at Priory Group hospitals
  • Clinical Advisor to the Civil Aviation Authority


Opioid-dependence treatment in the era of recovery: insights from a UK survey of physicians, patients and out-of-treatment opioid users, Dale-Perera P, Alam F &Barker P, Journal of Substance Use, 2014

Interruption of medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence, Alam F & Barker P, Drugs and Alcohol Today 2014. – Outstanding Paper of 2014, Emerald Literati Award

Opioid Analgesic Dependence: where do we go from here? Quinlan J, Alam F, Knox K, British Journal of General Practice, 2017

Recommendations for buprenorphine and methadone therapy in opioid use disorder: a European consensus, Dematteis et al, Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, 2017

Optimising opioid substitution therapy in the prison environment, International Journal of Prison Health, 2018

Offering Hepatitis C treatment to prisoners; key principles based on policy and practice assessment in Europe, BMC Public Health, 2019

Services Offered

Dr Alam holds national recognition in expertise in assessment and treatment of drug, alcohol and other addictive disorder. He is accredited as having specialist expertise in this field by the GMC, and has treated thousands of patients with a variety of addictive disorders including:

  • Alcohol, harmful or dependent use
  • Cocaine
  • Benzodiazepine
  • Heroin
  • Painkiller/ Prescription drugsmful or dependent use
  • Cannabis
  • Gambling
  • Other compulsive types of behaviour

Dr Alam is dually-qualified in General Adult Psychiatry and Addictions Psychiatry. He diagnoses and treats a wide range of psychiatric conditions, including:

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Heroin
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Phobias
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Medico-legal reports.

Dr Alam holds Medico-Legal Expert’s Certificate, accredited by City University London & The Inns of Court School of Law. He has prepared psychiatric medico-legal reports for 25 years and prepares approximately 40 reports a year.

Book an appointment

Dr Alam is currently able to accept appointments on Fridays, between 12:00pm and 5:00pm. Appointments outside these hours may be available, but cannot be booked online.

To arrange an appointment outside of these hours, to discuss insurance eligibility. or if you have any other questions, please contact us.

Fees & other charges

Dr Alam treats both insured and self-paying patients, he is registered with all the major UK and International providers. For patients covered by insurance, we require a pre-authorisation number prior to the appointment.

Self-funding patients must pay for their appointments in advance. 

Outpatient fees/consultations:

£450 up to 1 hour
£250 up to 30 minutes − whether face to face, Skype, FaceTime or telephone

If you choose to have your appointment via Skype, Face Time or telephone, please contact your insurance provider to check that this method of review is covered in your policy, as you may be liable to pay for your invoice(s) that are not settled by your insurer.

Out of hours, appointments and home visits:

£490 per hour (excluding travel time)

Cancellation of appointment and non-attendance

It is important to give advance notice of your intention not to attend your appointment. Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment time. If no advance notice is received, you will be charged the full consultation fee. This also applies for non-attendance to your appointment

Cancellation of appointment and non-attendance a patient covered by insurance

If the insurance company will not settle the cancellation fee, the patient will be charged the full cancellation fee / or for the shortfall from the insurance company.

Other charges

The charge for copying patient records will depend on the size of the file. There is a £15 minimum charge.
Detailed replies to telephone calls, emails and letters charged as follows:
15 minutes: £125

Contact Dr. Alam

  • 2 Eaton Gate, Chelsea, London SW1W 9BJ
  • contact@drfarrukhalam.com
  • 07521 504761