How a Treatment Assessment Increases a Successful Recovery
Diagnosing Each Condition for Proper Treatment
Two of the most important steps on the road to recovery are: first, to make the courageous decision to receive treatment and secondly, to undergo an extensive evaluation of both mind and body in order for medical professionals to diagnose each and every condition the patients may be suffering from. A thorough treatment assessment increases a successful recovery by providing detail into the patient’s health history and exactly which condition(s) they may be suffering from.
Why Treatment Assessments are Important
In most cases, those who suffer from a drug or alcohol addiction may also be suffering from an underlying mental or behavioral health disorder that causes them to exhibit addictive behaviors. Medical experts believe that having an undiagnosed mental or behavioral health disorder will cause people to self-medicate in order to ease the symptoms they are experiencing. Most people do not realize that the symptoms they are feeling are caused by underlying issues; and instead of seeking a diagnosis from a proper doctor, they rely on substances, such as drugs and alcohol to numb their pain.
Self-medication is extremely dangerous for many reasons; one being that the person does not even know what they are suffering from; therefore, they may take something that is more harmful than good for them, causing them discomfort, worsening symptoms, or even death. Even if they were to take something that does ease their pain, they are unaware of what their dosage should be, may take more than enough and accidentally overdose, which inevitably leads to death. Self-medication will also lead to tolerance, dependence and addiction which cause more problems for the user than simply suffering from their undiagnosed disorder.
The reason for a thorough assessment is for medical professionals to diagnose whether a person is suffering from just an addiction or if they may also have an underlying mental or behavioral disorder that is leading to their addictive behaviors. If the diagnosis is just an addiction, medical professionals can then determine which detoxification (detox) process will be most effective in the treatment of their addiction. If the diagnosis shows that there are also underlying mental or behavioral health conditions, therapists and psychiatrists will intervene and create a highly individualized therapeutic modality plan that will follow a successful detox process.
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What is Treatment Assessment?
Treatment assessments begin with an evaluation of the body in order to determine whether there are any wounds or sores that need to be treated before a program begins. Most addicts develop skin sores from scratching that may need to be stitched or bandaged before they spend any time in a facility; the risk of spreading infections to other recovering patients is increased if those wounds are not treated. Another physical treatment assessment is the toxicology test. Through either a urine or blood sample, board-certified doctors can determine exactly how many substances are in the body, which helps them plan what kind of detox process the patient will undergo. Depending on the substances, patients will either experience a 5-7 day detox or one that will last a couple of weeks. The detox process cannot be determined until the physical and toxicology treatment assessment have been completed.
Following the physical evaluation, patients will undergo thorough mental assessments, which include:
- Brain Wellness
The psychiatric treatment assessment helps determine what state of mind the patients are in; if they are not all there, they will most definitely require more observation and monitoring by the clinicians. Board-certified therapists and psychiatrists ask a series of questions to each patient in order to determine their mindset, as well as diagnose whether their addictive behaviors are genetic or due to some other outside influence.
During the brain wellness treatment assessment, patients will have their brain evaluated through another series of questions. These questions will help diagnose whether or not there are brain injuries or psychological disturbances present, as well as what factors may play a part in their emotional and mental imbalances.
And lastly, the cognitive treatment assessment; this assessment helps evaluate how patients think. Clinicians are able to determine how patients react to certain situations and how they process information.
The mental treatment assessments help clinicians, as well as therapists and psychiatrists, determine which therapeutic modalities will be most effective during the treatment program. The treatment programs, while each program follows a similar format and plan, are highly individualized and are not crafted until each treatment assessment has been completed.
Although the treatment assessments may seem a bit overwhelming, they are scientifically proven to increase the chances of a successful recovery.