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Why Would a Medical Consultation Be Beneficial To Me?

Why Would a Medical Consultation Be Beneficial To Me?

If you’ve decided to move forward with treatment for a substance addiction, medical consultations are extremely important. From a holistic perspective, your healthcare team should want to know everything that’s been affecting you, and your medical history and present status can provide detailed information to your health. Medical consultations can be beneficial for entering a treatment center so that your physician knows how to best help you and can even be beneficial if you’re looking to transfer from a hospitalization to an outpatient addiction recovery treatment program. A 2017 study highlighted the common occurrence of this, as 337 patients in a hospitalized setting a variety of substance use disorders, including:

  • 78% had an opioid use disorder
  • 37% had an alcohol use disorder
  • 28% had a cocaine use disorder
  • 9% had a benzodiazepine disorder

During a medical consultation, you can expect that someone from your treatment center will check your height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar, as well as your eyes, ears, and throat. Your doctor may ask questions about your family medical history, and it’s important to be as open as possible. These are professionals who will not judge you, and confidentiality should be maintained at high standards. During this time, you will also get to share important details with your doctor, such as:

  • What substances you’ve been using
  • How long you’ve been using
  • What, when, and where you started using
  • Potential life events or other reasons for why you believe you’ve struggled with substance abuse
  • Any withdrawal symptoms you’ve been experiencing, their intensity, and when they typically occur

If you believe you may have a mental illness, medical consultations can also help rule out any medical conditions that may be responsible for the symptoms you’re experiencing. Towards the end, your doctor should be able to provide you with an idea of the path they feel would work best for you moving forward, including treatment program options.

Professionals have unique needs that cannot always be addressed in regular treatment centers. If you’re a professional ready to seek help for a substance use disorder (SUD), speak with someone from a professional treatment center today; with comfort and privacy, conference rooms, ultimate nutrition and more, you’ll be able to focus on your health and wellbeing while ensuring the success of your company.

For more information on our treatment programs and services for professionals, call us today: 855-422-4129.

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