Substance Abuse Evaluations
Drug and alcohol evaluations are used to demonstrate responsible efforts to assess and control problems with substance abuse, and to help determine whether substance abuse treatment is necessary. This is often done to show cooperation with licensing boards, bar associations, or court systems, and to demonstrate that any past problems are being addressed appropriately.
I have an extensive background in the evaluation and treatment of addictions, in both public and private hospital settings as well as private practice. I can provide the assessment either in person, or online via secure video. Afterward, I’ll provide you with a letter that describes my qualifications, the procedures used, and my findings and recommendations.
I do not believe that everyone who finds themselves in need of a substance abuse evaluation will need treatment. I know things can get out of hand and people find themselves in difficult situations because of silly mistakes, or overly aggressive police, or simple bad breaks. So I’m pretty sympathetic as an evaluator.
But, of course, as a licensed psychologist, I have an ethical duty to give good, clinically sound recommendations — so if the results of the evaluation suggest that some treatment is needed, I’ll let you know that and discuss your options with you.
What to expect
When I conduct a substance use assessment, I generally include some or all of the following elements:
- A 60-90 minute clinical interview
- A quick cognitive screening — to make sure there are no major brain problems
- A substance abuse screening & addiction history (if you’ve struggled with addiction)
- Examination of any consequences you’ve experienced from substance abuse
- A personality test (if indicated)
This straightforward evaluation process usually takes about 2 hours (3 if a personality test is used), and gives me a pretty good idea about the likelihood of current or future problems with drugs and alcohol that might adversely affect your ability to reach your goals in life.
I can usually write up a letter explaining my findings and recommendations within a couple days after the evaluation. The appropriate course of action will depend on the results… If treatment is recommended, I may schedule a follow up session to help you plan and strategize the most efficient and effective course of action.
Your results are strictly confidential
I am not an employee of any governmental agency or regulatory body. When I conduct a substance abuse evaluation, I do so only for my client, and my client is the only one with access to the results of the assessment and any related records. The only time I will ever release any information about a client’s evaluation is if they have given me explicit written permission to do so, or if I am legally compelled to do so.
If you’re ready to get started, give me a call at (323) 942-9668 or book your appointment online by clicking the button below: