Across all of our Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we respect the courage required to seek treatment.
As a result, we have designed our admissions processes to be as simple, quick, and smooth as possible. Each of our treatment centers may have slightly different processes for admission, but what is common to all of them is a commitment to helping individuals get the treatment they need as quickly as possible.
Individuals who are hoping to receive care at one of our centers typically must meet the following pre-admission criteria:
- Aged 18 or older
- Currently in a state of withdrawal with at least 20 to 24 hours having passed since last use (certain exceptions may apply)
- Be opioid-dependent for at least one year
If you or your loved one meet the above criteria, you are free to schedule an intake appointment with the Comprehensive Treatment Center in your community. When you arrange your appointment, you may be asked to bring certain things with you or to complete certain tests. These vary depending upon the policies of your local treatment center but, in general, our treatment centers require the following:
- A valid form of photo identification that verifies the patient’s place of residence
- Proof of any prescription medications, if necessary
- Fee for the intake assessment
- Insurance card, if the patient intends to use insurance to pay for services
Intake appointments at our centers typically take between two and four hours. During the intake appointment, prospective patients generally perform the following:
- Provide treatment history, psychiatric history, medical history, and any other relevant information regarding one’s history
- Complete a physical examination with one of the center’s physicians. These exams also commonly include drug tests, taking a urine sample, and TB tests. The TB test requirement may be waived if the prospective patient can present evidence of having taken a TB test within the previous two years.
- Women are also required to take a pregnancy test
Prospective patients should come to their intake appointment while in a withdrawal state. Generally, this means that they have not used their substance of choice within the last 24 to 48 hours. If a prospective patient is being discharged from a detox program and is interested in continuing to receive maintenance treatments, or if the prospective patient is transferring from one of our other Comprehensive Treatment Centers, this requirement may be waived. In these situations, prospective patients must bring all relevant documentation with them indicating that they completed a detox program or received services from one of our other Comprehensive Treatment Centers. Alternatively, this information can also be faxed to us from the prospective patient’s previous treatment program.
If a person who wishes to receive services is pregnant, she should not be in a state of withdrawal when she comes in for her intake. All prospective patients who are pregnant must have a letter from their treating OB/GYN indicating that the OB/GYN has approved them for treatment at our center. In addition, these individuals should also be willing to sign a release of information form so that the treatment center can coordinate care effectively with her OB/GYN. If a prospective patient is pregnant and she does not have an OB/GYN, our treatment centers will work with her to make appropriate arrangements.
Please note that our Comprehensive Treatment Centers may not always be able to provide medication on the same day that the prospective patient completes his or her intake appointment. Our treatment centers work hard to provide care for all patients as quickly as possible; however, prescriptions at our treatment centers are written by a member of the center’s medical team, and the medical team must determine the prospective patient’s appropriateness for treatment before providing any medications.
To learn more about the treatment opportunities at your local Comprehensive Treatment Center, feel free to contact the center’s admissions team at your earliest convenience. We look forward to helping you take the first steps towards a healthier, brighter future.