Home » Blogs » Each person struggling with addiction carries different levels of dependence and physical conditions. To form the most effective treatment plan, a substance abuse evaluation plan takes place to assess the individual addiction level. The evaluation helps to customize treatment plans that have a higher chance to succeed.
What to Expect at a Substance Abuse Evaluation?
Prior to program entry, substance abuse evaluations are fundamental to ensure appropriate treatment is given. There are two types of evaluations: voluntary and court-ordered. In both cases, the evaluation gets insights into addiction history, consumption levels, lifestyle and psychological condition. Presenting all conditions to the treatment facility helps in identifying patients’ needs and defines the safest path to recovery.
The evaluation determines if in fact, treatment is necessary for the alcohol or drug problem. After addiction conditions are proven, diagnosis paves the path for the most effective treatment towards a successful recovery. The evaluation is an administrative process defined by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA,) consisting of two steps: screening and assessment.
Substance Abuse Screening
Screening is the initial step of the process and usually consists of brief or direct yes-or-no type questionnaires. Because of the basic nature, the screening step can be conducted by professionals such as counselors, social workers, therapists, doctors, psychiatrists or social workers. This step helps in identifying if the drug and alcohol problem exists and if the situation requires an in-depth analysis. Today, this part of the process can be submitted online.
Substance Abuse Assessment
The assessment is a detailed step that relies on the screening results. After a risk of addiction is detected, patients go into the details about substances usage and lifestyle circumstances that brought them towards usage. At this stage, the patient is being interviewed to assess mental and medical conditions. With two types of interviews, structured or semi-structured, the interviewer gets a wider picture of the individual’s drug or alcohol use and abuse.
A structured interview gathers information from administrative personnel. During the semi-structured interview, a professional skilled in addiction treatment, ask questions that gather helpful details of the person’s substance abuse.
Two modern are resources utilized during the assessment process:
● Diagnostic Interview Schedule (DIS-IV) – Structured questionnaire that diagnoses alcohol and drug abuse and life circumstances that brought a person to this stage.
● Addiction Severity Index (ASI) – Semi-structured interview that inspects alcohol and drug use, medical and mental conditions, social and family status, employment, and support. Long term implications, not just recent terms of drug abuse is taken into consideration.
Support from the family and loved ones contributes greatly towards successful rehabilitation. In some cases when a person’s substance abuse is evaluated, family members contribute with accurate information. Especially when patients suffer from mental health problems, they tend to provide false information. Beyond the accurate information gathering, it’s important for the treatment facility to know what kind of support patients will have during the treatment or during a relapse stage.
Treatment Facility Evaluation
After the evaluation is complete, patients receive a customized treatment plan to address their personal needs. Without knowledge about your addiction, our professional team will have difficulties in supporting a successful path to recovery. Getting to a stage of sharing substance abuse behavior is difficult, but please remember that detailed information benefits our patients. In addition, all patients’ information remains confidential.
Choose Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center to Help You Succeed
At CNT, we have proven that outpatient or ambulatory care have higher recovery success rates. Outpatient treatment for addiction is more acceptable by patients because it does not uproot them from the home environment in order to access treatment. Our experienced, friendly staff creates a safe space for our patients to express and process their emotions. Our clinical team is highly experienced in treating addiction to all substances.
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Dr. Cidambi is a leader in addiction treatment and innovator of safe and effective ambulatory (outpatient) detoxification level of care for alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates, and suboxone. Prior to founding the Center for Network Therapy, she completed her residency in Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and an Addiction Medicine Fellowship at NYU/Bellevue Hospital in New York. Due to the successful detoxification program, Dr. Cidambi was featured frequently by media outlets, including NPR, CBS, NY Times, and Wall Street Journal.