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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
  • Inability 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

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

Addiction and Psychiatric Evaluation

Bluff 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.

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
  • Toxicology tests and lab work
  • Consultations with family members.
  • Follow up with medical boards or other professional boards if required.

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. 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.