On your first day, you’ll receive several tests and assessments. Initially, you’ll be asked to undergo a drug screen and breath alcohol test. Blood work will be requested to determine your liver and kidney function as well as check for hepatitis C, which is associated with intravenous drug use. It’s important that your liver and kidney are functioning well enough for you to undergo outpatient treatment. In the event there’s an issue with these tests, our staff can refer you to an appropriate treatment program. These blood tests will be performed again every six months for the duration of your treatment.
You’ll also meet with a doctor to determine your need for medications such as Vivitrol or Suboxone, as well as an assessment counselor who will match you with an individual counselor and assess your physical, emotional and mental health. If your individual counselor is available, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with them briefly on your first day.