Safe and Ethical Standards
There is a process that takes place whenever a person suffering from addiction enters a drug rehabilitation program; every program is not a cookie-cutter copy of others. The process may vary from facility to facility; however, state and federal law mandates that client safety, welfare, and ethical standards are maintained in all cases.
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Sign On the Dotted Line!
The first part of the process is the intake assessment evaluation process. First is the initial intake paperwork package that all clients must fill out. This will include general information about the client, HIPAA information, and releases, drug testing information, and releases, financial responsibility contracts, insurance information, information about the facility and program, program expectations, policies and procedures, rules and regulations, medication management releases, and a release to treat the client. This is the best time for a client to say, “What can I expect from my drug rehab program?” If a client has any other questions, they should be able to get them answered before committing to any program.
Assessment and Evaluation
Next is the physical assessment, a physician will examine the client and ask them about their addiction problem so that a treatment and detoxification plan may be developed. It is imperative that the client is completely honest with the doctor as the doctor develops the detox and treatment plan.
The psychological assessment follows, as a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction medicine assesses the client for emotional and psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and other problems. Because the client is still “under the influence,” this is not the final assessment. (Not all psychiatrists are addiction medicine specialists)
If the treatment team determines that the client needs detox, the client will be assigned to the detox unit for a short period of time, usually three to ten days. The client is often prescribed medications to help with the symptoms of withdrawals. Some facilities are of the mindset that clients should only be on these medications for a short time; others think differently.
After detoxification, the client will be moved into the residential program where they will have individual, and group therapy, physical fitness, nutritional counseling, some facilities have alternative approaches and therapies such as acupuncture, massage, art therapy, yoga, equine therapy, meditation, and many other modalities.
Aftercare planning with the client will be done with the treatment team to set the client up for success in long-term recovery after leaving the facility. Avoiding triggers, staying away from the wrong people, places, and things, building a sobriety support network, and strategies to maintain lasting sobriety after returning home. Does the client need continued outpatient IOP, counseling, therapy, recovery coaching, does the family recovery coaching, Partial Hospitalization Program PHP, a case manager, or other support services?
Discharge or disengagement comes when the client has successfully completed the program. They need to apply everything that they have learned in treatment and follow their aftercare plan for long-term success. There are professional addiction recovery coaches and case managers who can be hired to assist the client post treatment.
Is the Client Happy?
The client needs to make sure that they are happy with the staff and facility and that the facility and program meet their needs. There are many options for clients to choose from, many different styles and types of modalities. Hopefully all of the client’s needs were met and they got everything that they expected from their drug rehab program.