Assessment Elements

“If you listen to your body when it whispers, you don’t have to hear it scream.” Unknown

Screening and assessment for substance and alcohol abuse are often critical to the prevention and early intervention of addiction. For people who are inclined to develop severe problems with alcohol drinking and drug misuse, the identification of early warning signs can be enough to induce changes in lifestyle. For others, though, these initial steps are significant towards treatment and rehabilitation from addiction.

Assessment Elements

Our assessments evaluate the following aspects of the patient’s life including:

  • Physical
  • Social
  • Psychiatric
  • Psychological
  • Spiritual
  • Family needs

These are essential to provide the appropriate level of care needed and promote an individualized rehabilitation plan for each patient. The multidisciplinary evaluation team often involves:

  • Attending physician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Internal Medicine Specialist
  • Addiction Medicine Specialist
  • Clinical Psychologist

Assessment Coordinator

The team may also include the help of some specialists as needed like:

  • Neurologist
  • Behavioral medicine specialist
  • Pain specialist
  • Sexual boundaries specialist
  • Importance of assessment and evaluation

“The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order” Henry Ward Beecher

An early assessment of different factors affecting a person before getting into a treatment is important for various reasons. Not only do they provide the proper goal and road for appropriate treatment, but they also provide solutions to underlying issues that might exist. Among them are some of the following benefits:

  • They remove anxiety that might be the cause of unknown conditions.
  • They bring an understanding of the extent and nature of the problem with a careful diagnosis.
  • They lessen the time for healthcare professionals to speculate on what can be the cause of the problem.
  • They give enough evidence to support and validate what is the root cause of the problem is.
  • They provide the right path for proper treatment for the condition.

The Importance of Assessment in Proper Recovery Treatment

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” Unknown

It is particularly important to be diagnosed with other medical and psychological conditions before being rehabilitated from drug and alcohol dependency. Knowledge of potential complications plays an important aspect for the overall success of the treatment program.

Some underlying issues must be addressed initially before the central issue is cleared up. This reduces the likeliness of the problem to reoccur in the future. Addressing the side issues also creates an additional remedy for certain problems caused by the addict being engaged in difficult or dangerous situations due to their addiction.

Diagnosis and Treatment

There are several reasons why it is important to seek a diagnosis of an ongoing and underlying problem before treatment. Identifying the possible problems and the hidden problems greatly affects the outcome of the treatment.

More importantly, it eliminates the need for going through the same therapy over and over without getting the results needed. Some of the important reasons for diagnosis before treatment includes:

  • It may be a symptom of something else happening in the body
  • Determining and treating the underlying cause may be the cure for the ongoing problem
  • You are aware of the circumstances that precipitate the need for dependency.  ‘
  • The underlying problems may be treatable
  • The sooner the treatment, the better.
  • Diagnoses are more specific early in the treatment process.
  • You and your healthcare provider can make the best choices.

The Role of Family Involvement in Addiction and Assessment

“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics are wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.” Russell Brand

Family involvement is often crucial in getting help for people who seek drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Nearly half of assessment calls accepted by residential and outpatient alcohol and drug treatment facilities are from concerned families. Most substance dependent people need would seek treatment because of such reasons that involve the family as:

  • A gentle and supportive family
  • A family involvement in the welfare of the person
  • A family who seeks treatment as soon as possible

The important part of family involvement is that the family members obtain adequate and informative medical information about their loved one’s addiction so they can make an informed decision towards an intervention. Through seeking efficient addiction evaluation and assessment, the patient can be provided with a quality, and efficient medical attention and instructions. Allow us to become part of your journey towards a better future, real happiness, and a fresh start on life. Get help today.

“Addiction doesn’t kill the addict. It kills the family, kids, and people who tried to help!” Abhishek Tiwan


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