Substance abuse disorder, while treatable, is complicated considering that it can be caused and influenced by numerous factors such as the history of substance abuse in the family, genetics, and peer pressure, among others. Additionally, non-related medical conditions can appear similar to symptoms of drug addiction and overdose.
Considering the complexity of substance abuse disorder, our team of specialists makes sure that we conduct a thorough assessment of the precise condition of the substance abuser. This in-depth analysis significantly helps in gaining a better understanding of the problem and in determining the best course of action to foster recovery. This assessment phase includes a full medical evaluation.
A medical evaluation is a process of collecting information about the overall physical and mental health of the drug dependent using a variety of tools and techniques. A critical part of this process is discovering the physical or physiological effects of the substance addiction so that the same can be fully addressed in the patient’s treatment plan.
What Are the Goals of a Medical Evaluation?
At the end of the day, the goal of any medical evaluation is to help the doctors design the most appropriate treatment and rehabilitation program to fit a patient’s condition. Specifically, the conduct of medical evaluation aims to:
- Identify the most suitable level of care, patient management, and treatment options to address the substance addiction.
What Are the Components of the Medical Evaluation Process?
The medical evaluation process consists of several components to ensure that every related aspect is analyzed. The results of the following components, combined with the information gathered in the screening process, are vital to the development of a patient-specific addiction treatment plan and recovery program:
- Nicotine, caffeine, and over-the-counter medicine consumption