Before being admitted, our licensed physicians at Create Recovery Center go to great lengths to make sure each patient is evaluated thoroughly. To do so, they will have to perform psychiatric assessments. These psychiatric assessments will allow them to understand the needs of each patient so that they can better develop a treatment plan.
What are Psychiatric Assessments?
The ultimate purpose of psychiatric assessments is to make a diagnosis. Physicians need psychiatric assessments to confirm if an addiction disorder has developed. To be accepted into a treatment facility, each patient will need to complete one psychiatric assessment.
Psychiatric assessments are used to evaluate certain behaviors, memories, and even responses to certain situations. The point of these evaluations is to understand why addiction has occurred. Psychiatric assessments also aim to identify long-lasting problems that may worsen as time goes on.
Why Are Psychiatric Evaluations Important?
Psychiatric evaluations are an important first step in the treatment process. They allow our licensed physicians at Create Recovery to develop the best plan of action for each patient’s addiction. Certain cases of addiction are more severe than others. If treatment plans are not customized to each patient’s needs, more or less time in rehab could be spent than needed.
Psychiatric evaluations also help address other underlying issues that a patient may not know were there. These can include things like past sexual and physical abuse as well as co-existing disorders like anxiety. Once these underlying issues are identified, our therapists can address them accordingly.
Why is Every Case of Addiction Different?
Once our team completes all of the evaluations, we often find that the severity of addictions varies greatly from case to case. There are many factors that can play into the severity of an addiction. Each one is not more or less influential than the other as they may affect everyone differently.
Our genes have a lot to do with who we are and how we develop. This is especially true when it comes to addiction. Therefore, addiction can be passed on through generations. This means that ff an individual has a family history of addiction, he or she is more likely to fall victim to the disease.
Environmental factors, such as peer pressure, can also affect whether or not a person develops an addiction. For example, individuals who constantly surround themselves with friends and family who abuse substances can go down the path of drug abuse. This is because peer pressure is something that not a lot of people can resist falling victim to. This leads to these individuals becoming a victim of their environment.
Mental disorders and physical ailments are very difficult to overcome. Some co-existing mental disorders that can play into addiction include bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, etc.
Physical ailments include physiological issues such as chronic pain, heart disease, and lung disease. Such physical ailments play a huge part in the development of addiction because of the challenges and pain that they bring into an individual’s life.
Most of the time, doctors prescribe medications to treat physical diseases. Some of these medications are addictive and can send an individual down a dark path.
Some addicts will use substances like alcohol and illegal drugs to ignore symptoms of mental disorders. This can also lead to addiction.
Past trauma, especially at a young age, has a detrimental effect on an individual’s brain. Some categories of past trauma can include mental, physical, emotional, and sexual.
When a brain experiences past trauma before it’s done developing, the chemistry of the brain can change. This can cause an individual’s reactions and behaviors to be different than what they would have been without the trauma. In turn, an addiction to a substance can develop in order to cope with the trauma.
Treatment Planning and What to Expect
Once all evaluations are complete, our doctors will have a good idea of how to effectively treat your addiction. This will allow them to develop a plan of action for treatment. Each treatment plan will be customized to fit your specific needs.
Will You Need a Detox?
Detoxification is necessary for most cases of addiction. The amount of time that you spent under the influence along with the type of substances that you abused will determine the length of your detox. You will also most likely experience some type of withdrawal from the detox. These withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of years.
What Level of Treatment is Best?
Our treatment programs have different levels of care associated with each. The two main types consist of inpatient and outpatient programs. Our inpatient programs are more intense and are for those with severe cases of addiction. They allow our patients to receive 24 hours a day, 7 days a week care.
Our outpatient programs are for those who need to work around their schedule in order to receive treatment. Our outpatient clients are allowed to attend school and work while also attending therapy sessions and treatments. Although this treatment plan is more flexible, it still gives each patient the guidance that they need to move forward with their recovery.
Will You Most Likely Need Aftercare?
A lot of our patients have continuous success stories after graduating because of our aftercare program. It is believed that 40-60% of all patients relapse after completing treatment. Our aftercare program wants to decrease this number as much as possible.
Our aftercare plan assists patients in many different areas after rehab. We give them the resources to find support groups in their area as well as help them find jobs. Rejoining the world after completing treatment can be scary, but we want to make it as seamless as a transition as possible.
How Create Recovery Can Help
Our team at Create Recovery wants to customize a program specifically with you and your loved one’s needs in mind. To start the process of your psychiatric evaluations, feel free to contact us today. We can explain exactly what goes into our evaluations, as well as give you background information on each of our programs.