A substance abuse assessment or addiction evaluation program often is a first step in evaluating the condition of an individual who has addiction concerns. Because chemical dependency is a chronic and progressive disease, or one where co-occurring conditions can add a layer of complexity to diagnosis, a residential assessment program (RAP) often provides benefits not available from outpatient assessment programs.
Caron Pennsylvania offers a comprehensive drug and alcohol assessment program in a residential setting. This program is both gender-specific and age specific, with the following individual classifications:
- Teens and Adolescents (13-19 years of age)
- Young Adults (20-25 years of age)
- Adults (26 and older)
- Healthcare Professionals
- Addiction Interaction
Assessments for drug or alcohol addiction explore and evaluate the condition of each patient in order to determine whether or not a diagnosis of chemical dependency or chemical abuse exists. Part of the assessment process is to determine the correct level of care necessary to treat the individual. There may be situations where Caron does not offer the appropriate level of care based on assessment findings. Recommendations will be made at the conclusion of all assessments/evaluations in a meeting identified as an out brief. It is at this time, that findings are discussed with the patient and their circle of support (family, parents, referral source etc).
Today, most individuals struggling with chemical use are also faced with mental health issues and/or co-existing addictions. A team of multi-disciplinary addictions experts will meet with the patient to conduct a variety of assessments in order to best determine diagnosis and treatment needs. Family members and referral sources will be contacted to gather pertinent information that will be useful to the assessment team in making their clinical recommendations.
The length of stay for the RAP assessment is typically 5 days, however, co-occurring medical and/or psychological issues may require an increased length of stay or a transfer to a higher level of care to meet the individualized patient treatment needs. Caron provides assessment programs for teens, men, and women in gender-separate facilities. Please call 800-854-6023 to learn more about the Residential Assessment Program at Caron Pennsylvania.