Addiction is a complex disease that affects behavior and brain function. Many people throughout Northeast Florida with addictive disorders also have other mental health illnesses, which are also complex and take careful assessment to diagnosis.
At the same time, the symptoms of addiction and of mental health disorders can overlap. Substance use can mask the symptoms of co-occurring disorders, exacerbate symptoms or mimic symptoms, and vice versa.
There are rarely easy answers with substance abuse, especially when coupled with underlying mental health disorders. That’s why the initial substance abuse evaluation and assessment of each patient is so crucial to mapping out a treatment plan that’s right for each individual.
Addiction is a Chronic Brain Disease Requiring Serious Medical Evaluation & Diagnosis
At Recovery Keys of St. Augustine and Jacksonville, each patient is evaluated by an addiction medicine physician and therapist to determine the appropriate level of treatment.
Patients are seen by our highly experienced, board-certified physician, Jeremy Mirabile MD, ABAM, FASAM, FAAFP, a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Mirabile is supported by a multidisciplinary team that includes a licensed psychologist, therapists and counselors.
Few addiction treatment centers in Florida have the level of expertise offered at Recovery Keys, which has earned our center the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for Behavioral Health Care.
Our Physician-Led, Multidisciplinary Team Evaluates the Whole Person – Your Mind, Body & SpiritThe comprehensive substance abuse evaluation and assessment covers the physical, psychological and social factors impacting addiction and recovery. The assessment includes:
- Psychological evaluations.
- Drug and alcohol use, abuse and dependence screening.
- Toxicology tests and lab work, as needed.
- Input from Recovery Keys on-staff nutritionist.
- Consultations with family members.
- Follow up with medical boards or other professional boards, if required.
Individual Addiction Treatment Plans Take Into Account Many Factors & Co-Occuring Conditions
After the assessment, patients receive an individual addiction treatment plan, that takes into account all of the factors influencing the development of the addiction and the patient’s needs in recovery.
Because of the complexity of addiction, there is no one-sized-fits-all approach that will work for everyone. The comprehensive addiction treatment plan will include a range of options for approaching treatment that takes into account affordability, patient circumstances, the level of the additive disorder and the patient’s overall physical and mental health.
With that plan in place and agreed to by the patient and when possible their family members, real changes can start to happen that will lay the foundation for a lifetime of sobriety.
It was just a matter of picking up the phone and making a call, with no commitments and no reservations. Just to call and ask, 'This is who I am and what is wrong with my life. And is there anybody there who can possibly help me?
Recovery Keys Addiction Medicine Physicians Are On Site, Everyday
Recovery Keys physicians are full-time and located on site in our St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida offices, everyday that there is programming. Our patients can rest-assured they will receive the best care and recommendations for treating their addiction and co-occurring disorders, and that the Recovery Keys team will be present and available to help them throughout their recovery process.
Addiction is a chronic disease that requires serious, compassionate medical attention. If you have a drinking problem or drug addiction, schedule a confidential consultation at our St. Augustine or Jacksonville offices today and take your first step to realizing a joyful, happy life in recovery – free from alcohol, drugs and pain medication.
To learn more about Comprehensive Evaluation call Recovery Keys at (904) 342-5965 today or schedule an appointment now.