The initial admissions phase of an addiction treatment program is dedicated to two things: stabilization and evaluation. The first couple of days in treatment are often primarily focused on helping the patient deal with withdrawal symptoms from their drug or drugs of dependence. The next step is to determine the best course of treatment during their stay in rehab through a comprehensive evaluation process.
Here at Constellation Behavioral Health, we prioritize the evaluation and diagnostic process, administering a wide range of medical and psychotherapeutic tests, blood tests, brain scans, and more on an as-needed basis to identify all the underlying and associated issues that are presenting obstacles to the patient’s recovery. These may include:
- Learning disabilities
- Behavioral disorders
- Mental health disorders
- Vice addictions
- Brain injury
- Physical or sexual abuse
Identifying all the co-occurring disorders and issues facing the patient improves the outcome of treatment because it is often these issues that trigger the patient’s cravings for drugs and alcohol. Providing treatment for these issues in addiction treatment can help the patient to heal on multiple levels and decrease their chance of relapse after they return home.
The detox phase of treatment is the most physically arduous part of drug rehab for the patient. The experience of both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms can be extremely stressful. Many patients don’t make it through detox without the support of medical professionals and supervision. Others experience complications due to underlying medical conditions or co-occurring mental health disorders.
The specifics will vary depending upon the drug of choice, and not all patients will have physical withdrawal symptoms. Almost all will experience psychological withdrawal symptoms, however, including:
- Agitation and irritability
- Cravings for their drug of choice
- Feeling “uncomfortable in their own skin”
Those who experience physical withdrawal symptoms may experience nausea and vomiting, headache, insomnia, and other issues in addition to the psychological withdrawal symptoms. Addressing all these issues and stabilizing co-occurring mental health disorders are the first concerns after admissions.
In order to create a detailed and effective treatment plan, the patient must be evaluated thoroughly. This can include a wide range of tests and interviews including:
- Computer tests
- Question and answer tests administered verbally by the therapist
- Written tests administered by the therapist
- Blood tests
- Brain scans
- Physical performed by a medical doctor
- Interview session with the patient
- Interview session with close family members
- Interview session with the patient and family
The more information about the details of the patient’s experience, the more specific the therapies chosen and the more effective the overall treatment plan.
Admissions Begin With the First Phone Call
When the patient’s family member calls to seek rehab information for their addicted loved one, the evaluation and diagnostic process begins. Family members can be instrumental in shedding light on the struggles that the patient is experiencing and can help to determine how treatment begins. In fact, their inclusion in the treatment process can be a huge part of the ultimate success of their addicted loved one in recovery. In order to help them be as supportive as possible, they are not only included in the admissions process as their addicted family member begins treatment, but they are often offered a range of therapeutic and treatment options of their own to aid them in healing from the experience of their loved one’s addiction, learn how to be supportive of their recovery in the future, and explore their role as caregiver.
Learn more about the admissions process and the initial phase of addiction treatment here at Constellation Behavioral Health when you contact us at the phone number listed above.