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AAC’s utilization of an addiction-focused laboratory is another feature that sets American Addiction Centers apart from most addiction treatment centers.


Addiction Labs is a high-tech laboratory that caters to the unique testing and monitoring challenges of addiction treatment. Addiction Labs prides itself on excellent service, speed, and accuracy. Their testing menu includes not only the latest toxicology tests, but also general clinical testing that can help diagnose, monitor, or rule-out medical concerns, as well as pharmacogenetic testing that can aid in finding the best medications for you. AAC’s medical and psychiatric providers can easily consult with toxicology experts about laboratory results, enabling thorough understanding and interpretation. Addiction Labs has industry-leading turnaround times and adheres to strict quality control protocols to ensure that results are quick and accurate.

AAC’s 3-year study on patient outcomes shows our commitment to research and that addiction treatment can have a lasting impact.

Early Sense

EarlySense is an FDA-cleared patient monitoring system that gathers data without patient contact, instead using advanced sensors placed beneath a bed mattress or inside a chair cushion. EarlySense constantly monitors and analyzes the patient’s heart rate and breathing rate, two of the most critical and earliest predictors of declining health, as well as movement and bed exit. A pulse oximeter can be integrated to monitor and evaluate oxygen saturation. If EarlySense detects concerning changes, it will immediately alert nurses through the central display station, the bedside unit, a hallway screen, mobile devices, pagers, and/or tablets. This helps nurses more effectively care for patients, by allowing them to continuously supervise patients even when not in the patient’s room or at the nurses’ station and by identifying small changes in patient’s vital signs that nurses may not detect during routine rounds.

Earlier detection of patient deterioration enables earlier intervention.

Research shows that when EarlySense is used, there is a reduction in adverse events, including code blues from respiratory or cardiac arrest, avoidable ICU transfers, pressure ulcers, and patient falls, as well as fewer hospital readmissions. Laguna Treatment Hospital is the first AAC facility to use EarlySense technology, but there are plans to expand its use to more facilities. AAC’s use of EarlySense is revolutionizing the treatment of addiction. It improves patient safety and overall quality of care during detoxification, enabling patients to have better outcomes with fewer complications and providing peace of mind for patients and their loved ones.

Medication Assisted Treatment

Even as a drug or alcohol addiction threatens to rewrite a person’s life, treatment options exist that can address the damage done and help the person to achieve health and balance.

While counseling and aftercare support address various mental and emotional hurdles, medications for addiction treatment can assist with breaking the physical chains of dependency cultivated by the abuse. Such medications are not without risk, but they can be very useful for helping clients overcome the pain of withdrawal in detox and giving them a less harmful alternative to the illicit drugs to which they were addicted.

Last updated on September 24, 20182018-09-24T15:45:30
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