Why I Am A Certified Physical Therapist and What Do I Do To Be A Successful Professional?
When discussing the treatment of patients who have been through an experience that would qualify them as “tragic” or “life-threatening,” two terms that describe a medical intervention that occurs when an addict has used so much of the substance abuse or dependence, or detoxification, medication that they are not able to control their withdrawal symptoms that they begin to take control of their lives and endanger themselves and those around them. cascade rehab and inpatient rehab are both ways of helping these individuals recover from a life-threatening situation. Both involve a medical intervention, but only one uses the tools and techniques that will help the patient with substance abuse issues while in the detoxification process.
A medical intervention in the form of detoxification followed by a period of stabilization is called a “cascade.” In this case, all options are explored and a plan for rehabilitation, either inpatient or outpatient, is developed. Counselors, nurses, social workers, and other professionals work with the patient to determine the next steps in the cascade. The goal of the intervention is to prevent the substance abuser from using again before they can stabilize themselves and continue to lead a life free of addiction.
In an inpatient setting, the medical staff at the Cascade rehab and addiction clinic are connected with licensed professionals including physicians, nurses, and therapists. They work together with the patient to determine the next steps in the cascade. A medical evaluation determines the intensity of the substance abuser’s dependency on drugs or alcohol. This evaluation includes testing procedures such as urinalysis, breath test, and blood tests. An experienced counselor, nurse practitioner, or physical therapist assistant is assigned to the case to help the patient with various aspects of their recovery such as pain management, nutrition, and skill development.
The medical provider then decides the next steps should be taken to help the patient with continued support after they leave the clinic. Those steps are usually referred to as continuing education commitments. The purpose of the education commitment is to teach the patient skills needed for them to live an alcohol or drug-free life. This may include job counseling, anger management classes, life coaching, or skill training classes such as massage therapy or hypnotherapy.
One of the skills taught in a continuing education commitment is manual therapy. Manual therapy assists the addict with tasks such as muscle strengthening, stretching, and Pilates. It also helps them manage pain and injuries resulting from drug or alcohol abuse. Some patients may be unable to perform these tasks on their own. A skilled physical therapist and a certified addiction therapist are assigned to them and they work closely with their therapists to learn new techniques and to improve their self-care.
When the Cascade Rehab Center staff has reached the point that stabilization has been reached, the patient will be referred to a trusted physical therapist who is licensed and able to provide the services needed to reduce their dependence. In order to do this, it is important for the patient to call us first. You should never wait for our staff to give you information if you are experiencing pain or stress. If you call us first, we can set up an appointment for you with one of our team members so that you can get the help you need without waiting. If you wait, you may risk even more complications and potential injury.
Some people choose to undergo treatment at our center based on referrals from other mental health providers and substance abuse treatment centers. We have a 24 hour monitoring service where we take a phone call when a client calls to make sure that our staff is dealing with a real client. Our team of licensed physical therapists, social workers, and massage therapists work closely with our team of licensed mental health and addiction counselors. Our caring staff treats each case as a unique individual with a personal history, goals, and challenges. Clients typically go into a round table meeting with their assigned counselor once or twice a week.
I personally believe that there is hope for someone who is willing to commit to getting the help they need through all of the treatment that we provide. If you or someone you know is having issues with drugs or alcohol, it is imperative that you seek treatment. Whether you go to our office for inpatient treatment or outpatient care, we can help you with all of your treatment needs, no matter what your budget, time constraints, or where you live. Please be on the lookout for these three things and keep in mind that they are meant to be comfort signs and not promises.