For the detox process, each potential client will need:

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Evaluation / Assessment entails testing for the presence and concentration of substances of abuse in the urine, blood alcohol level done by breathalyzer and screening for any mental and physical conditions. Evaluation also includes a comprehensive assessment of the individual's medical and psychological history and social situation to help determine the appropriate level of treatment following detoxification. Essentially, the evaluation serves as the basis for the initial substance abuse treatment plan once the individual has been withdrawn successfully.

Stabilization includes the psycho-social and medical processes of assisting the individual through their symptoms from their alcohol or drug withdrawal, to a medically stable, fully supported substance-free state. All medical decisions are made by an independent or outside physician. This often is done with the assistance of medications, though not all individuals require medication for their detoxification process. Each person is evaluated, and given a personalized regime which depends on what substances were used, how long they were used, how they responded in past withdrawal situations and what other medical complications might be expected. Every person's detox at Cornerstone of Southern California is very individualized and unique. Stabilization includes familiarizing a person with what to expect in treatment and recovery. During this time the clinical staff will ask for involvement from the family and others significant to the resident.

Educating the client involves preparing the individual for the next stage in their substance abuse treatment, stressing the importance of following through with the complete continuum of care.

All three components (evaluation, stabilization, and education) involve treating the individual with compassion and understanding. Individuals undergoing detoxification need to know that someone cares about them, respects them as individuals, and has hope for their future. The kind of care taken during the detoxification process will show the person that the recommendations being made can be trusted and followed. (SAMHSA- TAP 45)

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