Medical Clearance for Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. 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:
- A mental exam checks your awareness and memory.
- A neurological exam checks your vision, sensation, reflexes, and muscle function.
- An EKG records your heart rate.
- Blood and urine tests check for infection, test kidney and liver function, and give information about your overall health. Healthcare providers may also check drug or alcohol levels.
- X-ray pictures of your chest are used to check for a lung infection.
Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:
- You have trouble breathing.
- You have tremors or a seizure.
- You are depressed, violent, or have thoughts of harming yourself.
- You are extremely drowsy or cannot be woken.
When should I seek immediate care?
- You have a fever or a fast heart rate.
- You feel irritable, agitated, or anxious.
- You are confused or have hallucinations.
- You have nausea or vomiting that does not go away.
When should I call my doctor?
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Care AgreementYou 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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