Breaking free from drug or alcohol addiction isn’t easy, so having a plan is the best way to proceed. To create that plan, medical professionals and support staff should know as much as possible about the incoming Client. That’s why a substance abuse evaluation is such a critical part of the process. Take a closer look at what you can expect during this evaluation, why it matters, and what comes next.

Physical Evaluation

Man on Couch Receiving a Substance Abuse EvaluationThe goal of the evaluation is to determine how much substance abuse has impacted your life, and that includes your health. If you have any lingering or severe health problems, you can disclose them during the physical side of your evaluation. Being honest about withdrawal symptoms, addiction concerns, and health issues is vital if you want to have the best possible care.

During a physical evaluation, medical professionals will also run several blood tests. The goal of these tests is to determine how much of a given substance is in your bloodstream. With this information, addiction experts can estimate how severe the addiction is as well as how severe detox symptoms might be in the future.

Mental Health Evaluation

Physical health isn’t the only thing that can be impacted thanks to a drug or alcohol addiction. In fact, there is a strong link between mental health and substance abuse. Often, Clients need dual diagnosis support. The only way to identify this potential issue is to begin a mental health evaluation.

Clients in a mental health evaluation might be asked about their addiction history, any past trauma or their concerns about recovery. Often, a one-on-one session is enough to reveal any major concerns. Of course, Clients can also mention any of their own perceived mental health conditions, especially if they were significant even before the substance abuse began.

Targeted Plans for Lasting Recovery

Once Clients have completed a substance abuse evaluation, medical professionals will have a full portfolio of personalized information. All of this information can be used to create a targeted and effective plan for addiction recovery.

Since no two people are the same, they shouldn’t follow the same plan for recovery. Yet, for some rehab centers, treatment often takes a “one-size-fits-all” approach. The personalized evaluation sets the tone for a treatment plan that takes all the needs of the individual into account. This leads to customized addiction therapy, rehab programs, and schedules.

What to Expect After Your Substance Abuse Evaluation

A comprehensive substance abuse evaluation is just the first step on the road to recovery. At Serenity Lodge, it establishes the foundation for treatment. Upon completing an evaluation, incoming Clients begin a program designed to end substance abuse once and for all. That program might include any or all of the following strategies:

A substance abuse evaluation is an optimal way to begin recovery. At Serenity Lodge in California, men can learn to live a life of health, happiness, and sobriety. Find lasting recovery by calling (855) 932-4045 to learn more.