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.

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 the same day we meet. 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.

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.

To get started, contact Psych Lab Psychology Center at (562) 684-1300.