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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Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral Counseling strategy designed to assist individuals in the enhancement of self-image and to facilitate the development of higher stages of moral reasoning. MRT is aimed at decreasing the likelihood of someone returning to the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol.

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DUI Evaluation

ASAM Often time’s individuals may find themselves “caught up” in situations that they just did not foresee happening just like a DUI. Those situations could involve going out with co-workers after work, for drinks and being pulled over by the police, or celebrating a friend’s birthday at the bar and getting pulled over for falling asleep at the light, whatever the situation may

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Alcohol and Drug Evaluation in Decatur, GA

Alcohol and Drug Evaluation is an assessment that could be sought for many reasons. Dekalb County courts and several criminal justice partners may request and individual who has a pending or a probationary proceeding to obtain an alcohol and drug evaluation.

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ASAM Level I Classes

ASAM Level I classes are designed according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine  (ASAM) criteria for addiction Counseling. Specifically, ASAM Level I classes and Substance Abuse Counseling provide individuals with a supportive and instructive environment where they are encouraged to develop deeper insights into the causes and conditions, as well as the effects, of their addictive and abusive behaviors.

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Addicted to Drugs

Brief Description of an article from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will.

In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Through scientific advances, we know more about how drugs work in the brain than ever, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives. Click for the entire article

What Is Drug Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs.

The Addicted Brain

Fortunately, Counseling are available to help people counter addiction’s powerful disruptive effects. Research shows that combining addiction Counseling medications with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. Counseling approaches that are tailored to each patient’s drug abuse patterns and any co-occurring medical, psychiatric, and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drug abuse. Click for an entire article on NIDA

Accountability 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.

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Relapse in the Warmer Season

Warm weather is here and life starts feeling easier, right? Well, not always, if you’re in recovery. Recovering people face serious challenges while staying sober during the spring and summer seasons and official holidays. Relapse in the warmer season is avoidable. Spring and summer come with sports games, picnics, barbecues, weddings and celebrations all seem to involve alcohol of some sort. Some of us may run into your old marijuana or drug-loving friends at the beach, pool, or a friend’s party. How do we stay clean and sober over the season when temptation present at all corners?

The warmer season is all about being casual and having fun in the sun. Most of us have a carefree attitude with lower inhibitions. However, we have learned not to be carefree about recovery. No matter where summer fun leads, sobriety and recovery should remain our number-one priority every day — We can still have plenty of sober fun under the sun and catch some rays or waves.

AACS offers tips for staying sober during the spring and summer holidays. We have listed tips to help us navigate both daily lives as well as those special occasions like graduation parties, weddings, and 4th of July parties that all seem to coincide with summer fun.

Here are ten simple suggestion that can help you stay clean and sober during the warmer season. We will be grateful by the end of the season for maintaining our recovery.

  1. Put recovery first
  2. Attend 12-step or self-help meetings
  3. Plan ahead with friend in sobriety
  4. Use the buddy system
  5. Be honest with yourself and others
  6. Plan sober fun
  7. Don’t focus on what you can’t have
  8. Avoid resentment at all times
  9. Volunteer
  10. Call your sponsor daily

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