The primary purpose of an Alcohol and Drug Evaluation (sometimes referred to as a Substance Abuse Evaluation for Non-DUI clients) is to comprehensively assess the symptoms present in the individual and consequently determine whether these constitute an addictive disease and/or co-occurring psychiatric disorder. Alcohol and Drug Evaluations are often court-ordered and/or recommended by a criminal defense attorney or probation office for alcohol or drug-related charges.
Common causes which most often require individuals to seek an Alcohol and Drug Evaluation include charges such as Public Intoxication, Prostitution, Reckless Driving, Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Controlled Substances, or DFCS referrals in cases where parents must be assessed to determine whether their potential substance abuse or dependence problem is interfering with their capacity to provide a sufficient and safe minimum level of care for their child.
An Alcohol and Drug Evaluation is confidentially administered on an outpatient basis and assesses addictive behaviors for a variety of substances including methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, alcohol, and several others.
Regardless of the specific substance(s) of abuse, the Alcohol and Drug Evaluation assesses virtually every aspect of the individual’s substance abuse history and contributing factors, including medical, mental health, social, interpersonal, occupational, family, education, and legal history.
This process is completed with the use of standardized psychometric tests and relevant corresponding documentation, such as court documents, medical history reports, and previous psychiatric or psychological assessments. Following the comprehensive interview process, the Alcohol and Drug Evaluation will conclude with a highly individualized accurate diagnosis and written report which will include suggested Counseling options if and when necessary.
Given that an Alcohol and Drug Evaluation, along with the Counseling recommendations provided, are often used to minimize and alleviate court sentences, individuals are highly encouraged to undergo evaluations. This demonstrates to the court and prosecution your willingness to take responsibility for your actions and follow-thru with the suggested Counseling plan.
If you or someone you know is in need of an Alcohol and Drug Evaluation, please contact us for a comprehensive, personalized assessment or make a referral.
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