Alcohol and Drug Evaluation

What is an Alcohol and Drug Evaluation? Why would I need an alcohol and drug evaluation? If you’re on this page it’s because you’re searching for an agency that provides this service.

Most individuals are referred by a judicial officer, parole, probation, or a law enforcement agency via a court mandate to obtain an alcohol and drug evaluation to determine whether the person shows symptoms of active addiction or the possibility of developing such. Some of the charges that could require an alcohol and drug evaluation are possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, reckless driving, assault, battery, theft, or any combination of facts that may raise suspicion of substance abuse.

Substance Abuse Counselor Training

Why do I need and alcohol and drug evaluation? The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that individuals begin using drugs for a variety of reasons which include;

  • inability to cope with life
  • to relieve Stress
  • trauma
  • to feel good
  • to feel better
  • to improve performance
  • curiosity
  • peer pressure

Why choose AACS in Marietta?

Finding the right evaluator and Counseling center can be overwhelming. At American Alternative Court Services, your journey to recovery will be an easy transition. We believe that you should fully participate in the collaborative recovery process to gain the greatest benefits. We offer several effective Counseling with flexible schedules for both working adults and students. To find out more about alcohol and drug evaluation, please call our office at 404-594-1770

SAP for DOT GA

SAP for DOT

SAP stands for Substance Abuse Professional.  The Department of Transportation (DOT) include the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Maritime Administration. The DOT has strict rules and guidelines for individuals that test positive for any substances for pre-employment or while on duty.

If you have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation, you must be evaluated, by an SAP and complete a remedial intervention or education program recommended by the SAP before you can be released to return to a safety-sensitive job.

To be in compliance with DOT guidelines only an SAP and not just any drug and alcohol counselor can evaluate you in this situation.
An appointment can be made with one of our SAP professionals as soon as you are notified of a failed randomized test on the job. If an expedited evaluation is required, it can be conducted within 24 hours in one of our three locations (Atlanta, Decatur, or Marietta). Our goal is to return you to work as quickly as possible, however; the process starts with the evaluation. The sooner you see an evaluator for your SAP Evaluation for DOT, the sooner you may be able to return to work.

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) conducts a face-to-face clinical evaluation, including standardized testing. The assessment generated by the SAP professional will be provided and facilitates the process to return to work.
DOT’s rule requires a recommendation for Counseling and/or education in every case.  A recommendation concerning education, Counseling, follow-up testing, and aftercare will be provided. Your return to work is dependent on how fast you get your SAP evaluation and get the process started.

For further information about the functions, organization, and activities, of the U.S. Department of Transportation, please visit http://www.dot.gov/​.

Cognitive Skills

Cognitive Skills

Accountability in Cognitive Skills. Why does being accountable for our emotions and behavior require so much effort? In society today the more we get away with reckless and unacceptable behavior the more we continue that behavior.

We trick our minds into accepting the lack of accountability as normal behavior. When our reckless behavior is addressed, we don’t like it. We get angry with everyone that has input in addressing that behavior.

Rarely do we OWN our reckless behavior, rarely do we hold ourselves accountable, and although we know better, we rarely think our consequences are fair.

Accountability in Cognitive Skills may just change your life!

Consequences come in many forms. The most rejected consequence is when we are arrested and the negative consequences that follow. Most often we are surprised when our behavior is addressed from a criminal aspect, thinking “I only had three beers, it was just one molly”, or I only fight when people won’t leave me alone”. Reckless behavior, such as addiction, depression, anger, domestic violence, compulsive shoplifting, and theft, anxiety, not only affects the person engaging in that behavior, it also affects the community. The community includes family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and all other citizens within.

When we are engaged in negative behavior as a community it has to be addressed and when we accept ownership of our behavior it is at that point we are open to accountability. Once we accept accountability for our reckless behavior we understand the consequences we know to expect are inevitable. We are able to embrace the corrective behavior skills presented and if practiced we have the ability to make better decisions in our life. We learn to adapt from the learned behavior and our environmental influences, we learn to and conform to positive thinking and not respond to negative thinking or negative emotions as we understand that would contribute to a cycle of chaos in our lives and no accountability.

Family Violence Intervention Program Decatur

Family Violence Intervention Program Decatur

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ASAM Classes

ASAM Classes

ASAM classes are recommended at different levels after the preliminary evaluation and assessment. The recommendation for ASAM Classes is based on several different criteria. It is specific to each individual’s situations and needs.

The clinician who originally conducted the evaluation will recommend an intensive schedule of ASAM classes that address many issues, some of which don’t initially involve drug use, abuse, or addiction. The level of ASAM classes assigned to an individual will depend on the individual’s personal needs to change.  Counseling includes life skills and coping strategies to overcome adversities, addiction, and  the ability to handle everyday situations that will arise while trying to recover.

American Alternative Court Services provides three types of therapy Counseling that are obligatory to effectively complete the assigned ASAM classes. The first type of Counseling in ASAM Classes is group therapy, where individuals meet in a group setting to discuss all issues and reservations that may prevent a person from completing the course. The second type of therapy in relation to ASAM is Relationship groups. These allow for family members and loved ones to become engaged in the recovery process by dealing with any resentment, anger, and disappointment associated with co-dependency. The last type of therapy Counseling as related to ASAM, which I find very helpful personally, is group therapy. I believe the point of the group is to help find similarities and differences in others’ addiction to initiate healthy discussions that help find alternative coping mechanisms that may differ from your own that can help ease the road to recovery.

What are ASAM classes?

ASAM classes are recommended at different levels after the preliminary evaluation and assessment reliant on upon several different things specific to each patient such as situations and a person’s needs.

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What is the Alcohol and Drug Evaluation?

The Alcohol and Drug Evaluation is usually court-mandated and ordered by the judge as a term & condition for the successful completion of a probationary period, also, ordered by a judge or court system.

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SAP (Substance Abuse Evaluation for DOT)

If you are covered by the DOT and have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation, you must be evaluated, by an SAP and complete a remedial intervention or education program recommended by the SAP before you can be released to return to a safety-sensitive job.

To be in compliance with DOT guidelines only an SAP and not just any drug and alcohol counselor can evaluate you in this situation.
An appointment can be made with one of our SAP professionals as soon as you are notified of a failed randomized test on the job. If an expedited evaluation is required, it can be conducted within 24 hours in one of our three locations (Atlanta, Decatur, or Marietta). Our goal is to return you to work as quickly as possible, however; the process starts with the evaluation. The sooner you see an evaluator for your SAP Evaluation for DOT, the sooner you may be able to return to work.

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) conducts a face-to-face clinical evaluation, including standardized testing. The assessment generated by the SAP professional will be provided and facilitates the process to return to work.
DOT’s rule requires a recommendation for Counseling and/or education in every case. A recommendation concerning education, Counseling, follow-up testing, and aftercare will be provided. Your return to work is dependent on how fast you get your SAP evaluation and get the process started.

Dealing with Anger

Anger is a common and normal emotion. In general, anger has been given a negative connotation. This is simply due to the destructive nature it can possess when not harnessed properly. While it’s true you can’t hold it in and let it fester, it’s imperative that you have some sort of release.

This release can come in the form of working out, talking to someone, pursue a hobby, etc. These are just a few examples out of the many.
Anger can be a temporary fuel that can motivate you to get started on a task. Emphasis on temporary. However, it would be unhealthy to consistently use anger as fuel. It wouldn’t leave you any room to be happy. It can impact your judgment and make you more impulsive which ultimately leads to bad decision making. Constant anger, in a nutshell, is detrimental to your health and well-being.
How can you combat this? By being aware of your own emotions. Once you can identify when you start becoming angry, you can take measures to release it before it gets too explosive. Techniques such as a deep breathing, counting backward from ten, & looking at

the positive in your life. Remember anger is not bad; it’s how you express that anger that will determine your character…!!
Anger Management Evaluation in Atlanta is a necessary step to know that one needs to consult an expert or not. It is conducted one-on-one with a trained counselor in a confidential setting.
If you want to control your anger and your mood than visit us we are here to gives you the best Anger Management Evaluation Classes and Counseling in Decatur-Georgia. Feel free to get in touch with us today.

Anger Management Program(AMP)

In brief, anger management consists of knowing how to recognize when and why you get angry and how to control your emotions, along with new ways to respond when confronted with anger-triggering stimuli, or anger triggers.

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