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When someone suspects a substance abuse problem; whether it involves themselves or someone close to them, the next step can feel overwhelming. Where do you turn for accurate, truthful information, a correct diagnosis, and an appropriate treatment plan? Unfortunately, some programs feed that uncertainty, by promising professionals struggling with addiction a “cure” within a set period. That promise doesn’t always come to fruition, and the individual may be left with doubts, ongoing dependency issues and little hope for personal and career restoration.

A thorough evaluation is imperative for an accurate diagnosis and a successful treatment plan when it comes to substance abuse disorder and possibly a co-occurring psychiatric disorder. When the problem involves professionals in safety-sensitive careers in healthcare, law or aviation, the process becomes even more essential in preserving not only the person’s personal life and relationships but their professional path as well. That assessment process becomes an instrumental component of successful treatment, healthy recovery, and full restoration.

Introducing the CDE

Our professional’s treatment team conducts multidisciplinary, comprehensive diagnostic evaluations (CDEs), utilizing a team of experts carefully selected to meet individualized needs in every assessment. This assessment is independent of our professional’s treatment program and is conducted with transparency, thoroughness, fairness, and confidentiality.

The goal of an evaluation is to determine whether a disorder exists, based strictly on standardized criteria. We understand that someone may come in with an allegation that may or may not be factual. We aim to explore every avenue that we can to make sure we accurately understand all of the factors involved. Medical conditions and mental illnesses can also cause problems like memory issues in the operating room or confusion when communicating with patients. If a substance use disorder is present, the evaluation team makes appropriate recommendations explicitly aimed at helping the professional achieve recovery with as little disruption to their personal and professional life as possible.

Comprehensive Assessments

While the ability to recognize a substance use disorder is the primary goal of the Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation, it is not the only one. We will also determine if there is a co-occurring disorder accompanying the addiction that should also be addressed in the treatment plan. This effort is modeled after the Physicians Health Program (PHP), a standardized program for doctors to ensure their health and well-being is in good standing. Our associate medical director, Dr. Matthew Goldenberg, believes the ability to identify co-occurring disorders is one of the many strengths of the CDE. We use the results of the assessments to develop accurate treatment recommendations to provide our patients with an effective strategy for treatment success.

Specifics for the Evaluation Process

Our CDE typically takes about 72 hours to complete and may include a variety of team members that allows us to address all the needs of the patient in that initial session. Some of the components of the CDE include:

  • A history and physical given by our internal medicine doctor
  • Neuro-cognitive, personality and executive function testing
  • Neuro-psychiatric and addiction medicine evaluations
  • Forensic psychology testing
  • Blood panels and urine testing to check for markers for disease as well as drug testing

At the end of the evaluation process, we will provide a diagnosis, if warranted, which might show a single disorder or a combination of issues we have identified. If treatment is indicated, we provide at least three referrals, which may or may not include our facility depending on the precise needs of the patient. Our goal is to be transparent and ethical with every professional that walks through our doors, helping them get the support necessary to feel comfortable with the next step of the process.

Our comprehensive diagnostic process is just one of the ways the Center for Professional Recovery stands apart from the rest. To schedule your evaluation or to learn more about our treatment options, contact the Center for Professional Recovery today at 855.422.4129.

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