Before treatment begins, you will undergo a comprehensive intake assessment. You will consult with a therapist or clinician to discuss the treatment options that are available to you. You’ll be asked questions about your addiction, including the types of substances you have been abusing, how long you have been using, and whether or not you have tried to stop using before.
You’ll also undergo an assessment with a psychologist. The purpose of this assessment is to determine the state of your mental health. Many patients who are battling addiction also suffering from a co-occurring mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, and these conditions are often the root cause of their addiction. If it is determined that you do have an underlying mental health condition, you will be able to receive treatment that addresses both your addiction and your mental health, which will improve your chances of recovery.
Lastly, a healthcare professional will perform a physical examination. This exam will help to determine the severity of your addiction and any health problems that you may have that could impact your recovery and require additional treatment to improve your chances of success.
The information acquired during your intake assessment will allow healthcare professionals to create a customized treatment plan. This plan will be based on your specific needs to ensure that all of your unique circumstances are addressed, thereby improving the outcome of your treatment.