Guardian Intensive Outpatient Program
Addiction Assessment

Conducting an in-depth addiction assessment is a vital part of every effective recovery program. When a new client enters our program of recovery, he or she undergoes an initial addiction assessment, which helps our clinical team create a customized treatment plan before therapeutic intervention begins. These assessments are geared towards identifying individualized needs, and examining personal history with substance abuse as well as the current physical and mental health of each client. Clients are always met with kindness and respect during the initial assessment – Guardian IOP is dedicated to providing compassionate care in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Being completely open about personal experiences and setbacks will help our clinical team develop a program of highly individualized plan of action – the more detailed you or your loved one is, the better.

The addiction assessment process is broken down into several stages:

  • Determining past history of drug and alcohol use – Clients are asked if they are currently under the influence of any mood or mind altering substances, and they will be asked what substances they have ingested recently and in the past. Knowing what chemical substances were used helps the clinical team determine which methods of treatment will be the most effective.
  • Drug and alcohol screening – Clients will be asked to take a drug test, to ensure that no chemical substances are currently present in the system.
  • Physical evaluation – It is important for the treatment team to know whether or not there are any underlying physical conditions in order to better customize each treatment plan. For example, individuals who suffer from chronic pain will have a plan that focuses more heavily on non-invasive pain management techniques, like yoga therapy, massage therapy and acupuncture.
  • Mental health evaluation – At Guardian IOP we offer a dual diagnosis treatment option for clients with underlying mental health conditions. Carefully evaluating mental health is a vital part of the addiction assessment process, seeing as co-occurring disorders often require additional medications and therapies.

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Deeper Addiction Assessment

Each individual addiction assessment is conducted by our team of highly trained and licensed therapists. The assessment process is broken down into several important steps and is extremely detailed and thorough. Providing a deeper and more involved addiction assessment allows for more focused and individualized clinical care. Once the physical and mental evaluations have been completed, the clinical and therapeutic team meet to develop a highly personalized treatment plan for each client.

At Guardian IOP, no two treatment plans are the same.

What Qualifies Someone as an Addict?

Identifying an addiction problem is the first step on every journey of recovery. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is defined as, “A treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.” When it comes to determining whether or not you or your loved one suffers from a diagnosable substance abuse disorder, there are several qualifications to keep in mind. These include:

  • Experiencing a complete lack of control when it comes to substance use – Men and women who suffer from addiction often try to cut back or quit entirely, only to find that they are unable to do so on their own accord. They might experience a lack of control when they use a chemical substance, being unable to monitor how much they use once the chemical enters their system.
  • Changes in behavioral patterns – Most individuals who struggle with a diagnosable substance abuse disorder neglect interpersonal relationships, abandon personal commitments and obligations and isolate themselves as much as possible. They avoid activities that were previously enjoyed and spend the majority of their free time obtaining and using their substance of choice.
  • Ignoring consequences of drug and/or alcohol use, and engaging in risk-taking behavior – Men and women who struggle with addiction experience a wide range of personal consequences, from problems at work or school to legal and financial issues. Rather than deal with these issues head-on, they continue engaging in erratic and self-destructive behaviors, putting themselves at risk of even greater consequences.
  • Experiencing the telltale physical symptoms that go hand-in-hand with addiction – These physical symptoms include developing a tolerance over time (meaning that a greater amount of the substance is required in order for desired effects to be achieved) and experiencing symptoms of withdrawal when use is stopped suddenly.

Different Types of Addiction Diagnosis?

Identifying an addictive disorder is not merely as simple as deciding, “This person suffers from addiction,” or, “This person does not.” In fact, there are several different types of addiction diagnosis. Our clients tend to suffer from a chemical addictions (an addiction that involves a chemical substance), including:

We also treat behavioral addictions – addictions that involve compulsive behaviors rather than chemical substances. Many of our clients suffer from substance abuse and a co-occurring behavioral addiction, which could be:

  • Gambling addiction
  • Exercise addiction
  • Food addiction (anorexia nervosa, bulimia or compulsive overeating)
  • Sex and love addiction
  • Exercise addiction

No matter what your needs, Guardian IOP is available to help. During our initial assessment we determine all of your individualized needs and examine your existing diagnoses, allowing for the most personalized program of clinical care available.

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The Programs We Offer

At Guardian IOP we offer different kinds of treatment programs that deal with various diagnoses. Some of the focused treatment programs we offer include:

  • Dual diagnosis treatment – Our dual diagnosis treatment program was designed for men and women who suffer from substance abuse and an underlying mental health condition. Some of the mental health conditions we cover include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and personality disorders. When not tackled simultaneously in a dual diagnosis setting, these conditions serve as a major roadblock when it comes to achieving sobriety. Our addiction assessment focuses on mental health, helping our clinical team determine whether or not dual diagnosis treatment is necessary.
  • Intensive family therapy programs – Our intensive family-oriented treatment program is geared towards clients who come from dysfunctional backgrounds – who might come from families that have difficulties with communication, healthy boundary setting and understanding substance abuse. If we determine that the loved ones of our clients would benefit from our Family Workshop, we encourage them to participate.
  • Trauma-informed care – Many of our clients suffer from substance abuse and unresolved trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder. Our licensed therapists have backgrounds in trauma-informed care, and take an informed approach when it comes to treating unresolved trauma, childhood trauma and PTSD. Breaking group therapy sessions down by gender also makes approaching trauma-related topics more accessible, seeing as clients tend to feel safer opening up about past abuse (for example), when surrounded by like-minded peers who might have similar experiences, and who can relate on a deep level.

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    A thorough addiction assessment is the first step of every lifelong journey of recovery. In order to develop the most individualized treatment plan possible, personal history with substance abuse, mental health and physical health must be closely considered. If you or your loved one is ready to begin on a road of comprehensive and lasting healing, we are available to help. Contact us today to begin your personal addiction assessment.

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