Multi-Dimensional Assessment

Planning Treatment for the Whole Person

Many individuals enter substance abuse treatment with a complex history of drug use, health concerns, trauma or loss. They may just be starting to understand the nature of their disease. In recognizing our patient’s individual concerns, while meeting the highest level of care, CeDAR offers a Multi-Dimensional Assessment approach to addiction treatment. Individuals are assessed and evaluated during every step of their care, beginning at Admissions and continuing to Recovery Coaching following discharge. CeDAR treats the disease of addiction recognizing a chronic care model.

Getting the Patient's History

Providers complete an assessment of Axis I and Axis II disorders, with special attention given to obtaining an individual’s history by completing thorough background interviews, reviewing medical information, gathering collateral information from family, friends, and employees, reviewing job performance, performing laboratory evaluations and pertinent psychometric testing. Providers meet with the individual and employ current evidence-based assessments to discern the needs of the person, overall health, and recommended interventions. CeDAR's specialized addiction treatment providers include psychiatrists, physicians, psychologist, case managers, counselors, chaplains, admission specialist, and behavioral health workers.

Respecting Limitations

CeDAR recognizes the limitations of an assessment during early recovery (i.e., detoxification and PAWS). We acknowledge the challenges within the assessment process; however, assessments during this stage of recovery can offer insightful information regarding patterns of behavior, reasons for use, potential obstacles for relapse, and establishes a baseline of functioning, or “snapshot” of the person. This assessment of skills, health, behaviors, and beliefs can be indicative of the individual’s motivation for treatment, stage of change, and serve to compare progress at a later date. Furthermore, information gathered through the assessment provides valuable evidence regarding personality characteristics, interpersonal dynamics, and insight into the nature of the disease.

A Collaborative Team

Our multi-dimensional assessments offer data and serve to provide a foundation for collaboration between providers and the individual to develop a customized care plan. Assessments are not just a one-time event. They are the start of a therapeutic relationship that drives the direction of addiction treatment.