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.