Assessment Process For Our Alcohol & Drug Addiction Program

Assessment Process2018-11-02T10:32:14+00:00

The objective of our assessment process is to determine the current state of each individual’s health when they arrive at St. Joseph Institute. Since our drug & alcohol addiction program is designed to help participants from a holistic perspective, the assessment addresses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of every person. Each assessment tool helps us achieve a clearer picture of the factors that contribute to the resident’s present state, and this knowledge aids us in designing an optimum treatment plan to effectively address areas of concern.

intake process at St. Joseph Institute for Addiction - admissions process - assessment process

Medical Evaluation:

The health of the physical body is important to the overall recovery process. We strive to discover any underlying medical issues that need to be addressed, using a physical exam and any additional tests that may be recommended by our Medical Director. This enables us to provide proper medical care to each resident during their stay.

Counseling Assessment:

A thorough bio-psycho-social history is taken to determine current lifestyle and historical patterns. This information is used to guide the formation of the treatment plan concerning counseling interventions that are designed to: (1) encourage change that facilitates correction and adaptation in situations that have become disruptive, stressful and unsatisfactory; (2) aid residents in learning to make healthier choices; (3) help prepare residents for predictable life events, such as the transition home after receiving treatment; and (4) keep people open to growing in new and deeper levels of understanding, appreciation and wisdom.

Physical Therapy Assessment:

This service is available to any resident in our drug & alcohol addiction program who suffers from neuro-musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction. It includes a Total Body Evaluation that provides a complete assessment. The physical therapist’s examination goes beyond the area of pain or complaint to look at the entire kinetic chain, revealing the source of the resident’s complaint rather than focusing exclusively on symptoms. The resident will undergo a neurological screening, muscle screening and joint testing to see if a problem in one area is contributing to, or is the result of, a problem in another area. The findings of this assessment process are used to develop the bodywork and exercise components of the treatment plan for any resident with chronic pain or difficulty with movement.

Bodywork Assessment:

Bodywork is an umbrella term that includes many types of hands-on therapies focused on re-aligning the structure of the body and facilitating energy flow. Bodywork employs the power of human touch to heal and restore the body holistically by influencing body, mind, emotions and spirit. Many dysfunctional conditions are relieved or completely healed through various types of massage and skin care treatments, as well as Essential Acupressure, Craniosacral Balancing, Neurofascial Release, Nerve Mobilization and Structural Alignment.

The assessment process is critical to obtaining the best possible outcome in bodywork. The body tells the story of the events of a person’s life, indicating where and how those events impacted that person. A proper assessment guides the formation of a treatment plan designed to release these patterns and restore the body. Proper assessment should include:

  • Craniosacral Evaluation that indicates structural restrictions and dysfunctional patterns in the body.
  • Pulse Diagnosis that indicates the condition of each of the internal organs and their corresponding meridians.
  • Five Element Assessment to evaluate the holding patterns of, and congestion in, the torso.

Fitness Assessment:

A holistic plan would be incomplete without a fitness component. Each resident of our program receives a comprehensive fitness assessment that includes a review of their fitness goals, medical history, previous exercise habits and exercise likes/dislikes. The intake procedure continues with a fitness assessment which includes both functional joint range of motion and sub-max cardiovascular testing. Based on this information, an individualized exercise prescription is developed.