1. Medical Status
Drug addiction and medical problems go hand in hand. In many cases, physical pain can lead to prescription pill addiction. Also, drug use in its many forms has side effects that cause more ailments, resulting in a vicious cycle of pain and addiction.
2. Employment & Support
Maintaining a job is difficult during active addiction. Financial instability and lack of job security is a good indication that an individual’s disease is controlling their life.
3. Drug Use
While it may seem obvious, the severity of one’s addiction can be measured by how often, how many, and what kind of drugs are being abused. The Addiction Severity Index details patterns of substance abuse and how it affects everyday life.
4. Alcohol Use
Although alcohol is a legal drug, therefore it is one of the most commonly abused intoxicants. Whether or not the primary substance of choice for an individual, patterns in alcoholic behavior reveal deeper issues that need to be addressed.
5. Legal Status
Legal issues are one of the best indicators of a drug or alcohol problem. Having a history of law-breaking behavior is a telltale sign of substance issues.
6. Family/Social Status
Addiction is a family disease. Not only does it affect the user’s whole family, but studies have shown that there may be a genetic component that is passed down from family members. The ASI aims to discover where interpersonal relationships are strained, and why.
7. Psychiatric Status
Almost all of those struggling with addiction and alcoholism have some other mental illness. Many of them are unaware upon entering treatment. Similar to medical issues, psychiatric issues need to be brought to the attention of staff so that a proper course of action can take place.
- Understand the status of an individual upon intake
- Create a treatment plan customized to the needs of the individual
- Get a general idea of recovery progress