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Residential Assessment
(Pennsylvania Campus)

In-depth, inpatient addiction evaluation is the beginning of successful treatment.

Caron’s Residential Assessment Program uses a comprehensive process to identify a substance use disorder and co-occurring conditions and recommend the appropriate level of care needed. Our onsite, full-time, multidisciplinary team of professionals, which includes medical staff, psychologists, certified addiction specialists, behavioral health therapists, and spiritual care advisors, works with an individual, their family, and, in some cases, the referring clinician. While the length of stay varies, the average is seven days.

When an Intervention Is Necessary
It’s not unusual for the person struggling with substance use disorder to be reluctant to undergo an inpatient addiction assessment and/or addiction rehab. If someone you support is resistant to an evaluation and treatment, Caron can refer you to an intervention professional. Please contact us for more information.

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Why Residential?

At Caron, we believe residential assessments are more thorough and efficient than those done in an outpatient setting. Caron’s residential assessments:

  • Offer a chance to focus wholly on the assessment without the interference that peers and family conflict can often pose
  • Allow for dealing with one provider rather than several, reducing complication and stress even further
  • Provide on-site schooling so students undergoing assessment can complete their assignments

Individuals participating in the Residential Assessment Program start learning about the disease of addiction, what it means to have a substance use disorder, and their mental health, nutrition, fitness, and spiritual support needs. This head start provides the individual with an opportunity to get to know patients in their unit and the staff members who work there, building trust and comfort to carry them forward should the assessment determine the need to continue on to residential treatment.

Families also have a unique opportunity during the assessment to meet other families and begin to create a community of peers who can provide much needed support and understanding. In fact, in some cases we welcome family members to participate in the family education program before their loved one begins their residential assessment at Caron.

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Assessment Components

During the residential assessment, we use a variety of comprehensive evaluations and tests to get to know the patient, including:

  • Medical history and physical exam done by an addiction medicine physician
  • Psychological evaluations, which include an evaluation for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)/trauma response
  • Psychiatric evaluations, when clinically warranted
  • Neurocognitive screening, when clinically warranted
  • Lab studies, including pathology reports from hair and nail samples, to provide comprehensive drug screens
  • Family assessments
  • Gathering and review of comprehensive collateral information
  • Collaboration with referent(s), including family, and, upon request, other appropriate individuals

When completed, these evaluations and tests give the team a comprehensive picture of the individual, including substance use disorder history, physical and psychological conditions, and any co-occurring disorders.

If needed, detoxification — safely ridding the body of drugs or alcohol — can begin during the assessment process. Managed with compassion and medical expertise, Caron’s detox process offers the patient the comfort they need to withdraw safely from substances.

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After the Assessment

The multidisciplinary team meets with the patient and family members (and referents when appropriate) to review the assessment and recommend the level of care needed. If the patient opts for treatment and:

  • Substance use disorder is part of the diagnosis, the team will immediately develop an individualized behavioral health treatment plan.
  • PTSD/trauma response is part of the diagnosis and they opt for a length of stay sufficient for their trauma to be addressed, they are referred into Caron’s specialized trauma program immediately.

If Caron is not the best fit for the patient’s needs, we work with the patient, family, referent, and other stakeholders to make an appropriate recommendation to meet the clinical and financial needs of the patient.

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