What is the psychiatric evaluation process for drug treatment?

What is the psychiatric evaluation process for drug treatmentIf you or someone you know are dealing with drug addiction and need treatment for that drug addiction, a psychiatric evaluation will be conducted as part of the process. Many people hear the phrase “psychiatric evaluation” and might have a not-so-pleasant vision come to mind.  

Unfortunately, psychiatric treatment often gets that reaction from those who do not fully understand the process. A psychiatric evaluation is necessary for drug addiction treatment for many reasons. This short article will help shed some light on the purposes and process of psychiatric evaluations for drug addiction treatment to help others understand its importance.  

A psychiatrist or psychologist is the only person that can properly diagnose and treat an addiction; therefore, an evaluation is necessary for effective treatment of the addiction. During the psychiatric evaluation, the psychiatrist will ask several questions of the patient regarding their addiction, lifestyle, thoughts, feelings, personal history, etc. to gain a better understanding of the person. The psychiatrist will then evaluate the answers, feelings, reactions, and mood of the patient and determine if a diagnosis is needed, where the drug addiction might stem from, etc. The psychiatrist will then create a treatment plan for the patient based on their needs. It is important to note that psychiatric evaluations are not tests in which the patient receives a grade, not is it something that the patient either passes or fails. The evaluation is simply a process and tool to gain more insight into the issues and concerns for the patient.

When the psychiatrist creates a customized treatment plan for a patient, there will be goals that are created based on the needs of the patient as a result of the evaluation, as well as the patient’s own goals that he or she would like to obtain for themselves. While the treatment plan serves as a guideline, it is a fluid document in which the goals and needs being addressed can be modified throughout treatment. A treatment plan could include any specific type of therapy the psychiatrist feels would be beneficial to the patient, as well as possible medications used to treat certain diagnoses.  

While drug addiction can at times seem like a hopeless situation, it doesn’t have to be. It is not impossible to overcome addiction with the right treatment in place. If you or a loved one are suffering from drug addiction, His House Treatment Center offers a place to work through the thoughts and feelings surrounding drug addiction and combat the addiction in a loving and safe environment.


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