If you are taking medication for a mental health or addiction issue, your physician will prescribe medicine based on his knowledge and training as a medical professional. If you are interested in being part of a clinical trial, you may indicate this idea to him.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website, fda.gov, drugs that undergo preclinical testing must undergo a rigorous evaluation process, which includes scrutiny about everything about the drug, including the design of clinical trails.

A clinical trial enlists volunteers who fit characteristics defined by the trial’s researchers to answer specific questions about health. The trials are carefully conducted and are the safest and most effective way to find new treatments.

They are administered according to a protocol, which describes the study in full detail, outlines the type of volunteers who may participate, and details the outcomes that will be measured. Every participant in a clinical trial must agree to follow the protocol.

Participants may gain access to beneficial new treatments; receive expert medical care for the condition being studied; and help others by contributing to medical research and treatment advances.