Drug and Alcohol Evaluation
Substance abuse or addiction has a heavy hand on a person’s life; it can deeply affect them on many levels, causing damage to their body, mind, and relationships. Sometimes, in certain circumstances, when a person’s drug or alcohol use has gotten out of control, they may find themselves engaging in activities that endanger themselves, their health, or that of others.
A substance abuse assessment is a tool used to help determine the extent of a person’s misuse and abuse of drugs or alcohol and to determine how to go about treating this person to achieve the greatest success. Assessments are beneficial to attorneys, families, trusts, and employers to meet their specific needs. Regardless of whether a client’s motivation to complete an assessment is the result of legal consequences (arrest or conviction of a crime), urging from concerned family and friends or a personal desire to confront substance abuse problems, a drug or alcohol assessment can be a vital resource on the road to recovery.
The Purpose of a Substance Abuse Assessment
- Determines if the individual has a drug or alcohol addiction
- Assesses the extent of the substance use or addiction
- Discerns if there are any co-occurring conditions, including any physical or mental health concerns, or any other drug use
- Assesses the extent by which the drug or alcohol use affects the person’s life
- Provides an understanding of the person and their circumstances so that the team may establish a baseline and build a treatment plan that is best suited for their needs and recovery
More About the Drug and Alcohol Evaluation Process
A substance abuse assessment is an important first step in establishing a client’s needs regarding drug or alcohol abuse concerns. The evaluation consists of collecting biological, social, psychological and historical personal data. This information is gathered through interviews and diagnostic screening materials. An analysis of these results provides a clear picture of the client’s substance abuse and dependence factors. This information is essential to making the appropriate professional recommendations for follow-up, whether it be inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment, therapy or other measures.
Rally Point provides its clients with comprehensive substance abuse assessment services. Whether the purpose for completing an assessment is to meet a probation requirement, for license reinstatement, a court appearance, or personal issues, Rally Point can assist. We utilize various alcohol and drug addiction assessments tools. These unbiased, objective and highly regarded assessments are administered and interpreted by our licensed and accredited clinicians.
Identifying a problem is always the first step in working towards a solution. This is especially true in the case of substance abuse. The insight and experience of skilled evaluators combined with the use of state-of-the art assessment tools provides a clear and reliable picture of an individual’s involvement with alcohol, drugs or other substances. Often this is an eye-opening experience for both clients and their loved ones, providing a powerful and irrefutable case for the pursuit of sobriety.
A Legal Court-Ordered Substance Abuse Assessment
If a case involves drugs or alcohol, the judge may order a substance abuse assessment to be administered from an agency that is certified through the state. Rally Point is licensed through the Florida Department of Children and Families and all clinicians meet Florida state requirements. These are examples of circumstances or convictions where a judge might require an evaluation:
- Driving under the influence (DUI) / Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Drug or alcohol possession
- Drug trafficking or unlawful distribution
- Manufacturing or distributing controlled substances
- Disorderly conduct
- Public intoxication
- Using a false ID
There are certain documents that you may need to bring to your assessment, which may be furnished by yourself or your attorney should you have one. These may include: a copy of the results of your NEEDS Assessment if you went to a DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program (RRP), a report from the Department of Driver Services or Department of Motor Vehicles detailing your driving history (generally going back 7 years), a copy of any criminal history or arrests, and a copy of the arrest report.
During the assessment, which typically takes between 1 – 2 hours, you will have an interview with a licensed professional who is trained in substance abuse treatment. They will do an in-depth review of your substance abuse history and look over the documents you provided.
This evaluation is relevant because it determines if an ongoing condition is present such as a substance use disorder or addiction, or if there may not be enough evidence to support that you struggle with either, such as if the circumstances that resulted in the arrest were a one-time event of substance misuse. Even in the latter circumstance, a person may still have to undergo various programs or treatment obligations as deemed acceptable by the court.
Depending on the incident and sentencing, and the recommendations of the licensed professional that evaluated you, you may be required to go to one or more of the following. Keep in mind, the courts may determine that you require some of these prior to even having the evaluation:
- DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program (RRP)
- Random drug and/or alcohol urinalysis
- 12 step meetings
- Drug or alcohol abuse education classes
- Drug or alcohol abuse counseling sessions
- Drug or alcohol abuse treatment program: either inpatient or outpatient
It is important to remember that even though you did not choose these circumstances, it is most advantageous for you to begin this process immediately. Not only does this exhibit to the judge and prosecution that you are taking your responsibilities seriously, but it allows you an opportunity to receive help that you may very well need.
Remember: A Substance Abuse Assessment Is a Tool to Help You Succeed
Though you might feel embarrassed or ashamed, or inclined to not be entirely forthcoming about your drug or alcohol use behaviors, you must remember that ultimately this evaluation is for your own benefit. The substance abuse professional cannot fully develop a plan or program without knowing exactly where you stand within your substance abuse or addiction.
This is a time for you to be honest about any other factors that may influence your drug or alcohol abuse or recovery options. The more honest you are, the greater the benefits you will reap. If you hide any habits or information, you are only harming yourself and hindering your chances for a healthier life and a full recovery. At any point within your recovery or treatment your success depends on your ability to be honest with both yourself and those who are striving to help you.
Schedule A Drug and Alcohol Evaluation Today
If you find that your drug or alcohol use is beginning or continuing to exert a negative impact on your life, or if you see this behavior in someone you love, don’t hesitate any longer – contact our West Palm Beach, FL office today. Our team at Rally Point Palm Beach is understanding, compassionate and highly trained in helping you get the care you deserve. With the help of an attorney and the services provided by Rally Point Palm Beach, the road to recovery should be a little smoother without worrying about the legal ramifications of one’s past mistakes. If you or someone you know could benefit from a Substance Abuse Assessment contact us today at 888-797-2559 or firstname.lastname@example.org.