Providing Continuity of Care from Detox to Outpatient Counseling

by | Jan 19, 2018 | Information Technology and Services

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Nobody should ever “slip through the cracks.” Addicted individuals have slipped or been stomped through so many cracks already. From the slick marketing of opioid painkillers, to the sudden halt in prescribing, to illegal buys, hot prescription pads, and heroin, the addicted person’s crack count is likely pretty high. Rehab is, for many,the last hope of a normal life, and a return to solid ground. From intake to discharge and beyond, addictionists and their staff need to make sure that every aspect of care – medical, addiction treatment, and mental health is covered by addiction treatment clinical software in order to support the patient’s best chance to recover.

Hard Facts

Addiction, until recently, was treated more as a moral failing of the addicted person. In the past few years, addiction is finally being treated as what addiction truly is – a brain disease. Moreover a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is often comorbid with other types of mental illness. Whether the addiction comes first or the mental illness is a chicken-or-egg argument, as they are often enmeshed. Treatment now follows the course of assessment, detox, and rehab, and is more complex and nuanced than it has been in the past. Previously addicts felt that “failing” rehab and falling off the wagon were irredeemable errors attributable to their own moral failing instead of a very real and measurable change in how their brain works.

Complex Problems and Adaptable Solutions

Modern clinics have much more in the way of tools with which to assist addicted persons. The issue is that clinical software is also still stuck in the last century. Deploying modern addiction treatment clinical software is part of the treatment that clients will never see, but it is essential in their recovery nonetheless.