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Medical Clearance for Substance Abuse Treatment


Medical clearance for a substance abuse treatment program is a medical exam to make sure that the patient's symptoms are not caused by a medical condition. Healthcare providers will provide any necessary treatment to prevent or relieve withdrawal symptoms. They will also check for any medical conditions that may cause problems during detoxification or rehabilitation so they can be treated.


Follow-up care:

The patient may need to return to his healthcare provider for more tests. While in substance abuse treatment, the patient will see a medical doctor or counselor. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during visits.

Contact the patient's healthcare provider if:

  • You or the patient has questions or concerns about his condition or care.

Seek care immediately if:

  • The patient has trouble breathing.
  • The patient has tremors or a seizure.
  • The patient is depressed, violent, or has thoughts of suicide.
  • The patient has a fever or a fast heart rate.
  • The patient is severely irritable, agitated, or anxious.
  • The patient is confused or has hallucinations.
  • The patient is extremely drowsy or cannot be woken up.
  • The patient has nausea or vomiting that does not go away.

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