The Addiction Assessment Process
The first question we ask during every initial Addiction Assessment is whether or not there are any chemical substances present in the system at the time. A drug test is administered to ensure that no unexpected withdrawal symptoms occur during medical detox or during the initial stage of the clinical treatment process. If a client is set up for treatment intake but he or she is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a short stay at a medical detox facility might be necessary to ensure physical stabilization. At Guardian Recovery Network we offer a flexible level of clinical care which can be continuously adjusted to meet the needs of the client. For example, if a client comes to us with a substance abuse disorder but it is discovered during the Addiction Assessment that he or she might simultaneously suffer from depression, we will place this client in our Dual Diagnosis track. If we discover that a client has been suffering from chronic back pain, massage therapy, physical therapy and acupuncture will be added to his or her curriculum.
Over the course of the multi-phased treatment process additional evaluations and assessments are conducted to ensure that each client is meeting his or her personal treatment goals and that all individualized needs are being adequately met.
Upon admission to one of Guardian Recovery Network’s levels of clinical care, clients undergo in-depth medical testing geared towards identifying any underlying or pre-existing medical conditions. In many cases, men and women who suffer from substance abuse and dependence simultaneously suffer from chronic pain, a chronic illness like cancer, diabetes or cardiovascular disease or persistent physical symptoms associated with post-acute withdrawal. Medical testing allows for more focused care and helps the clinical identify which methods of medical intervention will be the most effective. For example, a client who has been suffering from insomnia, chronic constipation, headaches and other symptoms of post-acute opiate withdrawal might be a good candidate for Medication Assisted Treatment – medical testing helps the clinical team make this decision.