How Physician Visits Can Help

Battling addiction requires multiple approaches — there’s no cut-and-dried solution. Each patient’s background is unique and we strive to provide individualized drug rehabilitation for individuals seeking help at Lake Substance Abuse Solutions. For some patients, medication-assisted treatment is an ideal option. Before beginning this course of treatment, our physicians perform a comprehensive assessment and prescribe medications as needed. No two patients are alike, so physicians perform a thorough evaluation and consider a myriad of risk factors before writing a prescription. Our ultimate goal is to provide patients with every resource possible to help foster successful addiction recovery.

Why Do I Need A Physician Visit?

Based on the results of a substance abuse disorder assessment and other assessments, physicians take a deeper dive into a patient’s medical and personal histories in order to determine if medications are required for effective treatment. In many cases, these assessments can be used to best determine the extent of the substance abuse issue, as well as the ideal method of treatment for the type of substance abuse disorder the patient is experiencing.

While some patients may benefit from treatment medications, others may experience adverse effects. Before selecting a medication for treatment, physicians must perform an exam to determine the correct type of medication and proper dosage for each patient, if medication is required for treatment. Get in touch with us today if you or your loved one wants to learn more about our addiction treatments.

What Do Physicians Look At During A Visit?

Just like a normal visit to the doctor, our providers conduct an exam to check each patient’s vitals (weight, height, blood pressure, temperature) and perform other diagnostic tests, such as blood work or x-rays. After the physical exam, the doctor will ask the patient detailed questions about their symptoms, including how long the symptoms have occurred, their severity, and the frequency at which they happen. To decide on the best course of action, physicians also ask patients about their personal and family medical history. Once admitted into our drug rehabilitation center, patients are closely monitored and follow up visits are conducted by a physician trained in addiction to determine if changes are needed in medication or care.

What Factors Contribute To A Diagnosis?

During a mental health assessment, physicians use a manual called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to diagnose substance abuse disorder (SUD) and other addiction disorders. There are specific substance use criteria patients must meet in order to receive a SUD diagnosis. Other factors important for a diagnosis include the following.

How Do Physicians Determine My Medicine & Dosage?

The specific medicine Dr. Shelton and the team prescribe depends on the severity and type of addiction, whether it be alcohol or opioid dependence. For example, those with opioid dependence are recommended suboxone treatment in Franklin, KY, to help subdue the urge to continue taking drugs, instead of taking an abstinence approach. Once a doctor decides the type of medicine, it’s time to determine dosage. There are a few key factors affecting dosages such as age, height, weight, patient schedule, sex, race, time and frequency of administration, and genetics.

At Lake Substance Abuse Solutions, we are dedicated to delivering only expert care when it comes to addiction treatment and recovery. Take the first step in tackling your addiction — contact us today to schedule an appointment.