Alcohol and drug evaluation is a tool that is helpful in determining the substance use and planning an effective treatment for the individual. This evaluation is necessary to ensure public safety. This process has lots of intricacies, so let’s have a look at the process in detail.
Purpose of Alcohol and Drug Evaluation
- To assess whether the person is addicted or not.
- To determine the level of addiction.
- To make a baseline for the treatment plan.
- To check the adverse effects of the substance abuse.
Two steps of Evaluation
Screening and assessment are two parts of the alcohol and drug evaluation. The screening part is done to check the presence of problem. Assessment is the detailed diagnosis of the problem that helps in starting the treatment. Counselor, therapist, physiologist, doctor, nurse or psychiatrists may be involved in the evaluation process.
- Questionnaire: In this method some questions are asked to understand the condition and psychology of the person.
- Alcohol Use Inventory: This tool is helpful in recognizing the risks, results and lifestyle choices of a person.
- Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory: It determines the history of the substance abuse, seriousness of the problems and the willingness of person to change the habit.
Diagnostic Interview Schedule: It is a questionnaire that is prepared to find out the presence of diagnosis.
Addiction Severity Index: It is an interview that helps in determining the drug and alcohol use, legal status, family or social status and medical status.
Role of the family or friends
The information from the people with first-hand knowledge is collected for making better treatment plan.
The judge may ask for alcohol and drug evaluation of a person who is charged with:
- False ID
- Public intoxication
- Bad conduct
- Minor in possession
- Driving under influence
- Drug or alcohol possession
You can contact the American Alternative Court Services to get the best possible help related to alcohol and drug evaluation.