Alcohol and Drug Evaluation

What is the Purpose of an Alcohol and Drug Evaluation?

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.

What Should I Expect?

The process 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 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.

Virtual Alcohol and Drug Evaluation

So, you have been asked to get an evaluation… what’s next? The first thing is the initial correspondence that you have with the company. You will be giving out some basic information such as DOB, name, phone number, and email. With this information, you will be ready to choose a day and time to complete the evaluation. Alcohol and Drug Evaluations typically will not take longer than an hour and are usually finished after 45 minutes. If you are reading this, you likely were alive during the Covid-19 pandemic. Congratulations you made it through 2020! When 2020 occurred, the world opened up a sort of pandora’s box when they let everyone know that you could handle just about everything that used to be in real life as a video conference. Thus telehealth and video conferencing meetings took over the majority of correspondence. This is a system that is now being used even for legal matters which means that AACS Counseling has the ability to do Alcohol and Drug Evaluations in person and virtually.

Alcohol and Drug Evaluation
Because of the comprehensive nature of the Alcohol and Drug Evaluation you will need to provide several different types of information in order for the interviewer to adequately assess you. The kinds of information that they will be asking about can include but are not limited to the following items: medical history which includes both mental and physical, psychiatric history which would include medications and any diagnosis which you have received, your social history which can include things like relationships, marriages, jobs titles, etc. Bringing information regarding any community work you might do which could include charitable organizations or volunteer work would be a welcome bit of information as well. One of the most important sections of the Alcohol and Drug Evaluations (especially for court orders) is a detailed history of your entire arrest record.
This would need to include every single arrest you have ever had which includes things that have been dismissed, expunged, or that you were not necessarily charged with. This metric holds especially true for court because the individuals or institution that is asking for the Alcohol and Drug Evaluation can nullify the report if there is any discrepancy within about the information regarding arrests. Probation officers, judges, and the like simply need to type the individual’s name into a computer upon which they receive detailed information that covers the entirety of that individuals life and arrests.

Here is a quick testimonial from a client who had received a ticket for possession of marijuana less than an OZ in the state of Georgia

“So, when I heard that they decriminalized weed in Fulton County I thought that meant that all I’d be getting if they caught me with it was a fine and that I wouldn’t get arrested. Well, that ended up being mostly true until they told me I had to get an Alcohol and Drug Evaluation. I wound up using AACS Counseling after one of my friends recommended them. From start to finish the process was pretty simple and at the very least well explained. I ended up having to take some classes cause this was like my 4th time getting caught with weed. I was pretty pissed at first but after I got through the first class, I realized it wasn’t like I thought it was gonna be. The instructor was super down-to-earth, funny, and knew his stuff. If you need an Alcohol and Drug Evaluation these are the people to call.”

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