A medical assessment is an important component of addiction treatment, it is based on the principle that illnesses can be caused by the accumulation of toxic substances (toxins) in the body. Within 24 hours; newly-admitted clients at New Life Hospital are provided a medical assessment by our medical director. The medical assessment involves observation to determine if additional detoxification, a review of medication, and/or lab work may be necessary. During examination, a determination is made as to whether clients are ready to be discharged from the detoxification phase and moved to residence. Core of the treatment is to minimize pain caused by acute withdrawal symptoms.