An important component of client case management is an initial intake session with a psychiatrist to assess previous diagnoses and the need for medications. Upon entering rehab, medical detox may be needed. Throughout treatment, clients are re-evaluated as clinically appropriate. Evidence-based medications may be administered to minimize drug cravings and help prevent relapse. When a client enters treatment, a psychiatrist conducts a thorough mental health evaluation. This is an important part of the process to gather background information and medical history and assess current functioning (e.g., addiction and mood states). Psychiatric professionals draw upon evidence-based medications to complement behavioral care, when appropriate. Medication management is integral to the rehab process and delivered seamlessly as a part of a coordinated treatment plan.
How Psychiatric Services and Medication Management Help
Clients receive integrated, coordinated care from psychiatrists, nurses and therapists to the residential assistants and other staff. Some clients in recovery may benefit from a new medication, while others may be taking ineffective medications. Psychiatric evaluations play an invaluable role in recovery. The psychiatrist can prescribe more effective medications that complement the therapeutic approaches being utilized by other members of the treatment team.
The Benefits of Psychiatric Services and Medication Management
When managed by a psychiatrist, evidence-based medications play an important role in treating primary mental health disorders as well as addictions and co-occurring disorders. These drugs can reduce symptoms and help prevent relapse. They can also minimize drug cravings and help clients abstain from addictive substances. Benefits include:
- Safe management of medication side effects
- Safe tapering off of addictive substances
- Lessened withdrawal symptoms
- Reduced feelings of sadness or depression
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreased mood swings
- Enhanced focus and ability to participate in treatment
- Decreased risk of relapse