NeuroPsychological Testing: What It Is and Why It’s Important

NeuroPsychological Testing: What It Is and Why It’s Important

Upon entering treatment, you want to ensure you’re getting the most personalized experience. Everyone is different and has unique needs – and that’s where neuropsychological testing comes into play. Neuropsychological testing assesses how the health of your brain affects your thinking and behavior. There are a number of aspects assessed through neuropsychological testing, such as:

·       Your overall ability to think, understand, learn, and remember things

·       How well your memory functions

·       Your motor functioning (such as through walking, coordination and more)

·       Your perception

·       Problem-solving and critical thinking capabilities

·       Verbal ability

While this may not seem related to addiction specifically, it has a lot to do with it. The effects that substance abuse has had on your body compared to a person’s average ability can tell your healthcare team a lot about what type of treatment would be most appropriate to give you the highest chances of success in recovery. Neuropsychological tests aren’t just for clinicians, however; they’re for clients, too.

A 2015 study published in the journal Smith College Studies in Social Work emphasized that for those seeking treatment for substance abuse, neuropsychological testing can help clients learn more about themselves. In essence, this type of testing is meant to be a collaborative effort – if the person seeking treatment is well aware of their current strengths and weaknesses, they can more proficiently work with their healthcare team to determine the most appropriate course of action. The distress and symptoms experienced by each person in recovery vary, and neuropsychological testing has been proven to provide great insight on what’s needed.

Brainline, a website that covers topics such as PTSD, sports injuries, rehabilitation and more, notes that neuropsychological testing can take between 2 to 6 hours. Don’t be alarmed, however; you will be asked to answer questions on paper, in person, and possibly through response on a computer as well. Through various tasks, doctors will be able to more appropriately suggest treatment structure options to suit your needs.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

Saving Lives; Healing Families.

Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.