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Medical Clearance for Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is medical clearance for a substance use disorder treatment program?

Medical clearance is an exam to make sure your 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 and treat any medical conditions that may cause problems during detoxification or rehabilitation.

Which tests may be needed to clear me for a substance use disorder treatment program?

The healthcare provider will ask if you take medicine or have any health conditions. He or she will check your blood pressure and heart rate. You may need any of the following:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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