Addiction Evaluation and Stabilization
Benefits of Addiction Evaluation and Stabilization
- STABILIZES the patient who may be intoxicated or suffering from acute withdrawal symptoms (generally no more than several days)
- EDUCATES the patient and family members regarding treatment options
- FACILITATES transfer of the stable patient to a validly matched treatment program with the information needed to secure authorization for the planned treatment from payers in hand
At Bel Air Center for Addictions we realize that the services we offer may not be the correct treatment choice for every patient. However, when this is the case, we would still like to assist patients in receiving the most appropriate treatment for them. We do this by offering a comprehensive evaluation using a highly sophisticated matching system that helps us and our patients to better understand the intricacies of each individual and allows us to recommend the treatment approach that would be best suited for them. This matching process helps to eliminate the revolving door of relapse and re-enrollment which continues to plague our efforts to adequately address the addiction epidemic.
Combining biological, psychological and social factors, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) developed Continuum — The ASAM Criteria Decision Engine™ to help place addiction patients in the least intensive and least restrictive care environment possible, meet patient’s needs on multiple treatment dimensions, and afford the best opportunity for optimal treatment outcome.
As an expert in the field, Bel Air Center for Addictions can now offer patients the opportunity to have an initial addiction evaluation using Continuum, as an outpatient, before they decide what treatment modality would be the most appropriate for them. This 90-minute evaluation can help to ensure that a patient’s treatment needs are appropriately matched to a treatment program’s abilities across six dimensions of addiction severity utilizing more than 6000 empirically validated decision rules.