Why should I start with McRisc?
Calvin McGinn PhD, LMFT, RN and Joyce Ann McGinn OTR/L, GCFP are the co-founders of McRISC.com. This innovative online tool is built on years of research, data and cutting edge technology. When you first go to the site, you will see a menu of various options, including informational pages about the nature of addiction and the importance of understanding substance use disorder as a chronic illness, just like other chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Where do I go from here?
If you are on the McRisc website on your computer or mobile device, you can jump straight to the menu option, The Assessment. From here, you can begin the 10-minute assessment. Who should take this assessment? Well, it is available for anyone. If you believe that you may have a problem with addiction, you should take it. Or, if you have a loved-one who may be struggling with addiction, encourage them to take it as well. This powerful assessment can be taken in private. Your privacy is fully protected. In fact, you do not even give any identifiable personal information.
What does the McRisc assessment tell you?
When you take the assessment, you will have the opportunity to take your time and think carefully about it. If you decide to go back and answer a question differently to be more honest with yourself, you will have that chance. When you are done, I recommend that you complete the process to allow your healthcare provider to access your full report. This report is based on science and will give an accurate assessment of your addiction risk, risk of relapse and what your best treatment options are.
What kind of doctor should I see about my report?
Ideally, you should see your family doctor. If you are an established patient with a primary care physician who knows your health history, you can allow your doctor access to your report. The report will give your doctor the information needed to refer you for the proper treatment. If you do not have a primary care physician or you are not comfortable going to that doctor, another option is to make an appointment with an addiction specialist.
What about going to meetings or rehab? Should I check in to a detox facility?
Rehab or detox may be recommended for your addiction treatment. 12-step meetings and other types of addiction recovery support meetings can also be helpful. However, you may discover that a local doctor who practices medication assisted treatment is able to treat your addiction as an outpatient, coordinated with appropriate psychotherapy. This means that you can get effective addiction treatment and continue your regular daily life at home and work without having to take time off to check into rehab.
Get started today.
If you are ready to get help, or you are thinking about asking for help with addiction, I recommend visiting McRisc.com today. Take a look at the website and take the private assessment. This is an excellent first step in getting help for your addiction. To learn more about McRisc, I recommend listening to this fascinating podcast interview.