WHAT IS ADDICTION, ALSO KNOWN AS "SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER"?
Substance use disorder is a disease that affects our brain and your behavior. At first, you have control over your choice to start using drugs. If you misuse a drug, its pleasurable effect eventually makes you want to keep using it. Over time, your brain actually changes in certain ways so that a powerful urge to use the drug controls your behavior.
Opioid Drugs Include:
The expertly trained staff at SelfRefind is committed to helping individuals understand and address the issues that lead to addiction (substance use disorder). Customized treatment plans combine office visits, counseling, recovery assessment, education, links to community resources and laboratory services to properly assist individuals in their recovery. SelfRefind offers Recovering(me) and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Living in Balance counseling curriculum to help educate and develop life skills necessary for successful recovery.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON MY FIRST VISIT?
- New induction paperwork: this includes program rules, consent forms, notice of privacy practices and demographic information. Office staff will lead you through completion of this paperwork.
- Urinalysis and bloodwork: All new patients will submit to a urine drug screen and will also be screened for infectious disease commonly associated with substance use.
- In-take assessment: SelfRefind will gather complete medical history relevant to current disease state, check vitals, provide education about the disease of addiction, program rules, expectations of treatment and proper use of any medications.
- Physician visit: The physician will complete a typical medical exam with review of systems and make their diagnosis and treatment recommendation which may include prescription medication or referral to outside treatment sources.
If you are prescribed medication, your driver will pick up the first dose from the pharmacy and bring it back to SelfRefind. You will be dosed according to physicians orders and will be observed by staff for any adverse reaction or impact on withdrawl. Please note: your driver will have to pay out of pocket for the first dose of medication.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Please bring payment for services as informed by call center or clinic staff. SelfRefind accepts debit, money order and all major credit cards except American Express. SelfRefind does not accept cash or check.
At every visit, bring all insurance cards and a current valid photo I.D.
For your first visit, please bring a driver with you that will be able to go to the pharmacy and pick up your medication and bring it back to the office.
HOW MUCH DOES THE MEDICATION COST?
Most insurance companies cover a portion of the costs of medication with a prior authorization.
WHAT IS A PRIOR AUTHORIZATION?
A prior authorization is an insurance companies agreement to pay for a portion of the cost of medication or services as long as certain criteria are met.
Often the criteria include:
- Program compliance
- Continuous clean urine drug screens
- Clean prescription monitoring reports
- Proof of counseling
- Other additional factors depending on the requirements of your insurance company
The SelfRefind staff will facilitate the prior authorization process with insurance companies. Insurance companies response time is around 72 hours.
HOW OFTEN WILL I COME TO SELFREFIND?
SelfRefind's treatment program is individualized to meet unique needs. On average, a patient will interact with SelfRefind staff 3-4 times per month.
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN TREATMENT?
At the beginning of our outpatient program, medical experts perform a complete examination of the individuals addiction or substance use disorder, identifying:
- The length of time the addiction has been in play
- The number of times the person has attempted sobriety in the past
- The type of drugs the person uses
- Underlying mental illnesses
- Co-existing medical conditions
With all of this information in hand, medical professionals can develop a reasonable expectation for how long the outpatient care will last, and they might share that figure with the patients in their care. This isn't a hard-and fast target, however, as some people may move through their therapy more quickly than expected and they might be released a bit early. Similarly, some people discover hidden depths to their addiction in treatment and they will need longer therapy.
SelfRefind does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, physical or mental ability, and marrital status.