Treatment planning is a collaborative process in which a professional and the client develop a written document that identifies important treatment goals; describes measurable, time-sensitive action steps toward achieving those goals with expected outcomes; and reflects a verbal agreement between a counselor and client. At a minimum, an individualized treatment plan addresses the identified substance use disorder(s), as well as issues related to treatment progress, including relationships with family and significant others, potential mental conditions, employment, education, spirituality, health concerns, and social and legal needs.

Types of Treatment Plans

An initial treatment plan focuses on the client's short-term or preliminary goals and objectives and guides the initial course of treatment. Elements of an initial plan include reason(s) treatment is indicated, a preliminary diagnosis or diagnostic impression, the ...

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