Diagnostic Tests at Alcohol Treatment Centers

Almost all alcohol treatment centers do a series of diagnostic tests to determine if there is a preexisting medical condition that might cause an alcohol or drug dependency to take hold. This entails using tests to measure the efficiency of the metabolism as well as the level of vitamins and minerals in the blood.

Here is a breakdown of the several kinds of diagnostic tests that are commonly administered at residential alcohol treatment centers.

Amino Acids – The levels of 38 amino acids in the body are tested to make sure it is properly absorbing nutrients; amino acids are the building blocks of the proteins that are used to create all proteins

Trace Elements – High levels of trace elements in the body such as copper, magnesium and potassium in the blood can shed light on damage caused by years of drug use. This is because the liver of the alcoholic is too overloaded to get rid of these minerals.

Metabolism – Drug and alcohol abuse slows down how the body metabolizes food and converts it into energy. Tests look for abnormal levels of organic acids because if they are out of balance they can affect long term sobriety.

Antioxidants – This is also known as the oxidative stress test. It can tell medical professionals whether or not our immune system is doing well.  High levels of antioxidants, which fight liver disease, can indicate that the body is doing a good job of repairing the body and prevent further damage to it done by years of drinking.

The very best and thorough of alcohol treatment centers will administer these types of tests during your evaluation and then again after your deter and yet one more time just before you leave detox.  Alcohol treatment centers with post-recovery monitoring programs such as sobriety transition counseling might also test your amino acides, trace elements, and metabolism and antioxidant levels to make sure that you are thriving outside of the residential program.