The Drug Addiction Treatment Center at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Treatment Research, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities maintains a Treatment Assess…
The Drug Addiction Treatment Center at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Treatment Research, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities maintains a Treatment Assessment Screening Clinic to evaluate treatment effectiveness. Their Treatment Assessment Screening Clinic has screened thousands of individuals for substance abuse and dependence and continues to monitor their progress. Many programs rely on a standardized screening and feedback system to track treatment success and identify any red flags that may indicate treatment resistance or a need for further intervention. Because accurate treatment information is crucial to the success of a patient’s recovery, the training of staff members who perform the evaluation and screening is absolutely essential to patient care.
As patients enter the clinic, they are greeted with a pre-screening intake form that collects basic information about the patient and their family history of drug addiction, including any family members who suffer from an addiction. The purpose of this information is to assess eligibility for specific clinical treatment and to determine any comorbid conditions such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. Substance abuse and dependence information is cross-checked with other data such as date of birth, address, date of illness, Social Security number, work/school history and name of employer.
Once the intake forms are completed, individuals are sent to an assessment unit where they will be assessed for the severity of their condition. Treatment professionals use diagnostic procedures to identify the various components of the addiction: physical, psychological and emotional. Psychological assessments include the primary issue, functioning, interference, reliability, specific issues and relationships. Substance abuse treatment professionals use these assessments as the basis for developing individualized treatment plans for patients and families. An addiction treatment program will utilize diagnostic-based treatment plans that target specific issues or common pathways of progression, depending on the diagnosis of the patient.