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Comprehensive Intake Evaluation

To chart a course to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, it’s important to have a clear picture of what you’re dealing with. Bluff Plantation offers comprehensive intake assessments that help those struggling with substance use, as well as their families, understand the current state of the addiction and factors influencing its development, such as co-occurring disorders.

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Getting an accurate assessment of the addiction as well as any co-occurring mental health disorders is very important during intake for addiction rehab. Through the accurate diagnosis of emotional, psychological, behavioral and addictive disorders, our experienced and compassionate team of multidisciplinary experts can provide the most effective combination of treatments and therapies to get life back on track. A comprehensive assessment:

  • Helps those affected by addiction understand the disease of addiction and steps they need to take to overcome it.
  • Determines the right level of care for each patient.
  • Guides the clinical team in developing a treatment plan best suited for each individual’s needs.
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When Should Someone Get an Assessment?

Substance use disorders can range from mild to severe, and each person’s experience with addiction may be somewhat different. Warning signs of a substance use disorder include:

  • Using large amounts of drugs or alcohol over a long period of time.
  • Unable to reduce or control using.
  • Changes in mood, personality, behavior and sleep patterns.
  • Changes in appearance, such as sudden weight loss.
  • Preoccupation with thinking about using or recovering from the effects of alcohol or drug use.
  • Persistent and strong desire to use the substance, despite negative consequences on health, family, employment and decision-making when under the influence.
  • Finding that it takes more and more of the substance to produce the same effect (tolerance).
  • Cravings and withdrawal symptoms when not using.
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Family Involvement

Families can be crucial in getting people struggling with addiction into treatment. By seeking an assessment, families can gain important insights into their loved one’s behavior and figure out what to do next. Call us for a confidential consultation: (844) 242-0806

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Addiction and Psychiatric Evaluation

Bluff Plantation takes a thorough and comprehensive approach to substance abuse assessment. Using interviews with patients and family members, medical history, lab tests, physical exams and psychological testing, the assessment covers all psychiatric, medical and psychosocial factors impacting addiction and recovery.

Evaluations are conducted by a multidisciplinary team led by Bluff Plantation Medical Director Dr. William Jacobs, Chief of Addiction Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University; Dr. Jonathan Ek, a family practice physician and addiction medicine fellow; and Dr. Brett Kaylor, a psychiatrist and addiction medicine fellow, in conjunction with our nurses and therapists.

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Components of the Assessment

  • Complete medical history, including previous diagnoses of addiction, co-occurring disorders and other health conditions.
  • Psychological and personality testing to provide insights into behavior, emotions and motivations.
  • Psychiatric evaluation to diagnose dual disorders..
  • Physical exam with a family practice physician.
  • Neuropsychological evaluations to assess brain function.
  • Toxicology tests and lab work.
  • Consultations with additional medical specialists from the Medical College of Georgia, if needed.
  • Consultations with family members.
  • Follow up with medical boards or other professional boards if required.
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Individualized Recovery Plan

When treating complex medical conditions, physicians rely on proven strategies and techniques that have been shown to provide benefit. Yet medical professionals know that no single approach works for everyone. Often finding what works best for an individual means trying a combination of treatments, and seeing over time what makes each person feel better, stronger and healthier.

The same is true of addiction treatment at Bluff Plantation. Our multidisciplinary team has expertise and board certifications in a variety of areas, including psychiatry, addiction medicine, pain medicine, family medicine, individual and family therapy, and a range of holistic therapies. Each of our experts puts their knowledge and experience to work in creating a recovery plan that incorporates the latest in evidence-based medicine, while also taking into account each individual’s unique characteristics and preferences.

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