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What happens when I begin opioid addiction treatment?

Everyone entering treatment receives a clinical assessment. A complete assessment of an individual is needed to help treatment professionals offer the type of treatment that best suits him or her. The assessment also helps Dr. Mike to work with the person to design an effective treatment plan. Although clinical assessment continues throughout a person’s treatment, it starts at or just before a person’s admission to a treatment program. Dr. Mike will begin by gathering information about the person, asking many questions such as those about: 

·      Kinds, amount, and length of time of substance or alcohol use

·      Cultural issues around use of alcohol or drugs

·      Effects of drug or alcohol use on the person’s life

·      Medical history

·      Current medical problems or needs

·      Current medications (including pain medication)

·      Mental health issues or behavioral problems

·      Family and social issues and needs

·      Legal or financial problems

·      Educational background and needs

·      Current living situation and environment

·      Employment history, stability, problems, and needs

·      School performance, problems, and needs, if relevant

·      Previous treatment experiences or attempts to quit drug or alcohol use

Dr. Mike may invite you, as a family member, to answer questions and express your own concerns as well. Be honest—this is not the time to cover up your loved one’s behavior. He needs to get a full picture of the problem to plan and help implement the most effective treatment. It is particularly important for Dr. Mike to know whether your family member has any serious medical problems or whether you suspect that he or she may have an emotional problem. You may feel embarrassed answering some of these questions or have difficulty completing the interview, but remember: Dr. Mike is there to help you and your loved one. The treatment team uses the information gathered to recommend the best type of treatment. No one type of treatment is right for everyone; to work, the treatment needs to meet your family member’s individual needs. After the assessment our treatment team works with the person (and possibly his or her family) to develop a treatment plan. This plan lists problems, treatment goals, and ways to meet those goals. Based on the assessment, medically supervised withdrawal (often called detoxification or detox) may be suggested. This treatment plan utilizes medication to help people withdraw from opioids.  Detoxification may take several days to a week or more. During that time, the person will receive medical care and may begin to receive education about his or her disease. Not everyone needs inpatient medically supervised detox. People with mild withdrawal symptoms from alcohol or drugs and people using cocaine, marijuana, opioids, or methamphetamine do not generally need to be hospitalized for detoxification. However, they may need outpatient medical care, a lot of support, and someone to ensure their well-being.

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