Dawn LaCarte laughing with a client standing near a doorway

When it comes to effective treatment, individualized care is extremely important. In order to get to know my clients on a personal basis, I conduct a pre-treatment interview and complete a thorough bio-psycho-social evaluation. This helps me gather the information needed to place each client in a treatment program that caters to their unique, personal needs.

Treatment Assessment

Recovery looks different for everyone. The level of clinical care that best serves one individual might not be an ideal choice for another. Conducting a thorough assessment before looking into potential treatment options is essential. My main priority is placing you or your loved one in a treatment program that leaves no stone unturned, setting you up for a lifetime of fulfilling recovery.

Treatment assessments include questions that concern:

  • The mental health status of the client/whether or not the client has previously been diagnosed with a mental illness or has a personal history of trauma.
  • Any physical disabilities or medical conditions, and how these physical limitations impact overall quality of life.
  • The presence of a substance use disorder, along with which substance was being used and for how long.
  • Additional information, including gender/pronoun preferences and sexual orientation.
  • Insurance eligibility, which helps determine financial responsibility when it comes to entering into a higher level of clinical care (like residential treatment).

Once the assessment is complete I will create a report that best matches preferences and symptomatology, taking all major areas of life into careful consideration.

Treatment Placement

Conducting a thorough, personalized assessment is crucial to appropriate treatment placement. When finding the best treatment option for you or your loved one, I take the following details into consideration:

  • The duration of the program.
  • The level of care required.
  • The program demographics, including gender-specific programming.
  • Co-occurring disorders and dual diagnosis treatment options.
  • Available opportunities for recreation and activities.
  • Details about the food being served (dietary restrictions, Kosher options, etc.)
  • Family visitation and family involvement.
  • Any additional costs such as psychiatric consultation, medications, massage therapy, etc.
  • Program licenses and accreditations.

I take every possible effort to ensure a successful treatment outcome for my clients and for their families. Because I am not employed by and do not receive payment of any kind from the treatment centers that I suggest, I am able to make unbiased recommendations to guide and support you during this important and delicate process.

What Happens After Treatment?

Your loved one recently completed inpatient addiction treatment. The cycle of substance use has been interrupted. Now what?

How can you ensure your loved one will stay on the right track once treatment concludes?

Early recovery can be a particularly high-stress time — not just for the recovering individual, but for everyone involved. You might feel the need to walk on eggshells, carefully watching everything you do and say. Should you avoid eating at restaurants that serve liquor? Should you leave your loved one unattended while you take care of personal obligations, or should you keep a close eye on them at all times?

While the first year of addiction recovery is the most vulnerable, you want to be sure you aren’t pushing your loved one away by acting like a neurotic mess! I have extensive experience helping family members and other loved ones navigate this particularly delicate time. It is important to have some degree of professional guidance, seeing as doing the “right thing” isn’t always as straightforward as it appears. The risk of relapse can be significantly reduced with a formal plan of continued recovery in place.

During the period of time immediately following inpatient treatment, I will help you:

  • Set and maintain healthy personal boundaries.
  • Cater to the needs of your loved one without overstepping their boundaries.
  • Take care of yourself and make sure your own needs are being met.
  • Find a peer support group that offers you the ongoing encouragement you need during this potentially difficult time.
  • Foster a safe, loving home environment while continuing to restore healthy family dynamics.

Relapse might be a part of the story, but it is certainly not a requirement. With a detailed plan of action in place and continued focus on the development of healthy coping mechanisms, I will guide you through the period of time immediately following treatment — an involved period of time that isn’t always adequately addressed.

Contact me today to learn more or to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.