How to Start Treatment at Better Choices?

How to Start Treatment at Better Choices?

Intake and Initial Assessment Process

To assess and order the appropriate medication needed to help subside symptoms of cravings and withdrawal, the patient preferably should be in withdrawal at the time of the first appointment. We also accept patients that are coming from emergency rooms or treatment facilities where they have been started or placed on a stabilization dose.

During the initial assessment process, the patient answers questions that will help the physician-led treatment team determine the best custom plan for the individual. All patient records are strictly confidential; therefore, it is highly recommended that the patient be completely honest so that the treatment plan is developed for long term success.

New patients will meet with the doctor, counselor and a nurse to receive the initial medication. During this meeting, the person learns about our program or treatment choices, expectations from treatment and helps in developing a treatment plan with assigned counselor.

Induction Phase

During this phase, it requires regular patient monitoring to determine effectiveness of initial medication and to achieve a safe and adequate medication level that stabilizes the patient moving forward.The ultimate goal of MAT is full recovery, including the ability to live a self-directed life.

The induction period the following services will be provided substance abuse evaluation, physical, biopsychosocial/ Initial treatment plan, labs, medication reconciliation, daily clinic visits, medication administration/observation, medication management, medication education, individual recovery support and harm reduction psycho-education on (Naloxone) and supporting persons’ served efforts to reduce the harms created by drug use or other risky behaviors. During the Induction phase, it is important for the patient to frequently meet with their counselor to increase motivation and stay committed to treatment, understand the goals of treatment and establish immediate goals to create change while staying on track with their recovery goals.

Stabilization Phase:

During this phase, a steady state of medication is achieved and maintained with continuous feedback from the patient on withdrawal symptoms. With a safe optimal level of medication, the person is able to remain physically comfortable without experiencing the euphoria or sedation associated with painkillers or heroin, thereby remaining engaged in the full recovery program. Patients are also meeting with their counselor to address current situations, heal past issues and establish goals for further improvement in all areas of their lives. The Stabilization phase helps patients continue to make strong progress with work, relationships, and social obligations while maintaining a steady state of well-being.