Our Evaluation Processes
We begin our learning and assessment process during our very first contact with you or your loved one; we also offer a residential assessment program to rule in or out a diagnosis of chemical dependency; and of course, we conduct a thorough evaluation of everyone who arrives at Caron for inpatient treatment.
From our very first phone call with the person needing treatment or their family member, we begin to gather information. Our Admissions/Case Specialists will lead a comprehensive evaluation process in which they work to ensure that Caron can meet your needs. They also determine which of our programs will best fit your current life circumstances. This evaluation may assess key details about:
- mental health history
- substance use and medical history
- family structure and issues
- legal history
- career and education
- current therapist and physician information
As needed, our clinical and medical teams are consulted to determine if Caron meets your needs and which members of our staff would be included on your individualized treatment team.
If you would like to meet the clinical team in your area, or if you feel you would prefer a a face-to-face evaluation, in-person assessments are available at our outpatient programs in Atlanta, GA and Wyomissing, PA and at our New York Regional Recovery Center.
For a more in-depth evaluation, the Residential Assessment program is recommended. In this program, the individual who may be struggling with drug, alcohol or behavorial issues will spend a few days at Caron so we can explore and assess his or her condition. Learn more.
Planning Your Personalized Treatment
Armed with the information we’ve gathered, every patient will be assigned an integrated, multi-disciplinary team of highly trained and credentialed staff members who creates an individualized treatment plan for each individual. Depending on his or her needs, an individual's treatment team is comprised of highly-credentialed experts from several disciplines, such as addiction therapy, psychology and psychiatry, addiction medicine, health and wellness, spiritual care, and nutrition. They’ll pay special attention to the possibility of dual disorders and conditions, cross-addictions, co-occurring conditions and other potential barriers to recovery.
Your treatment plan will be based on your unique needs and life circumstances. Components of your plan may include: detox services (when necessary); individual, group, and family counseling; specialty treatment groups; psychological services; spiritual support; health and wellness; fitness and recreation; diet and nutrition services; and continuing care support and planning. The bottom line is, your treatment plan is structured to work for you and your presenting circumstances and issues--whether they be physical, mental or spiritual.
Treatment plans are progressive, as we are constantly looking into your future, toward a life of recovery after Caron. As treatment progresses, each person is gradually challenged to work outside his or her comfort zone, yet within the Caron safety net.
With this structure, each and every individual who comes to Caron for treatment is given the tools to help form a solid foundation for a life of recovery.
Initial and Ongoing Evaluation for Patients Entering Inpatient Treatment
If you or your loved one are entering treatment at a Caron facility, we will conduct a thorough medical evaluation upon arrival, taking into consideration:
- overall health
- specific medical conditions present
- medical history of the patient and their family
- substance abuse
- HIV and STD testing, if applicable
- possible need for adjunctive medications, such as anti-craving medications
Often, we’ll conduct a panel of lab tests to observe metabolic processes and rule out other medical problems that may have arisen from substance use. And, if necessary, we’ll recommend medical detoxification.
Each individual will meet with a psychologist within the first few days of admission for a thorough interview. Mental health issues complicate recovery; they should be assessed and managed while in treatment. Depression and anxiety are common with addiction and can be significant blocks to recovery. Other potential blocks to recovery include chronic pain, bipolar disorder, sleep concerns, trauma, attention deficit disorder (ADD), process addictions (such as sex addiction or gambling addiction), and eating disorders. These co-occurring disorders and addiction interaction disorders must be addressed as part of a personalized treatment and recovery plan.
Our model for spirituality assessment is not unlike the psychological evaluation. Each individual will meet with a spiritual leader to talk about significant life events, traditions, and experiences that could affect connectedness.
It’s important to realize that these initial evaluations are not the end of the process. We understand that as a person enters sobriety, different issues can arise; our staff is constantly watching for these changes.