Frequently Asked Questions
We offer substance use, mental health, and domestic violence evaluations. In domestic violence cases, we offer evaluations for both the offender and the survivor(s). We have evaluated children as young as three years of age.
A Substance Use Evaluation, also known as a drug and alcohol evaluation, is a process that takes place between an individual and an addiction counselor. The goal of the process is to assess severity of the substance use and the impact on the individual’s life. If substance use is a serious problem, the evaluation is a tool to help the person succeed. At Resolutions, we believe in providing personalized, evidence-based care to all of our clients to help them achieve success.
- Determines the extent of any substance use related issues
- Discerns if there are co-occurring conditions or influencing factors, including any physical or mental health issues.
- Provides an understanding of the person and their circumstances so that the team may establish an individualized treatment plan that is best suited for recovery
- Probation and parole
- A diversion program
- Any United States court
- Your DOT regulated employer
- DOPL—The Division of Professional Licensing
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- A photo ID card
- Court papers (if applicable) including your case number
- The arresting officer’s narrative report of your most recent incident with the law
- A copy of your arrest history (if you have been charged with a crime more than once).
- If you have an attorney, you may want to sign a release and have your attorney fax your information to us directly.
The evaluation generally takes about two hours, sometimes less, while you meet with one or more trained professionals. They will give you written assessments to complete (for example, with yes/no questions) and conduct an in-person, face-to-face interview, perhaps even interviewing people close to you to get an understanding of your substance use and related personal history. The clinician will then produce a written report which is sent directly to the court, your attorney, or the agency that you desire.
Your evaluator will ask you questions about your personal history. Be prepared to be open and honest. This is necessary so that the court or agency requesting the evaluation has a written assessment. It is called a “psychosocial history” and is always part of the process.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 37% of people suffering from alcoholism and 53% of drug users have at least one other mental disorder (such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress.) In addition, you may also be suffering from physical, family, or social problems that could impact your ability to recover. All factors need to be taken into consideration. Diagnosing and treating a co-occurring disorder is as important as treating the drug or alcohol problem.
- The substance use counselor compiles a written report, including a diagnosis and treatment recommendations specifically tailored to the individual’s needs
- The evaluation and the treatment recommendations are reviewed with the client
- The written evaluation is distributed to the client and the referral source
Treatment recommendations could include:
- Community Support Groups
- Individual Outpatient Counseling
- Group Therapy
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- Partial Hospitalization or Day Treatment
- Inpatient Treatment
- Outpatient Education Services
- Monitoring for further assessment
When a substance abuse evaluation is completed and it is determined that there is a substance use problem, the counselor is responsible to determine a diagnosis and to make treatment recommendations that best meet the needs of each individual. Treatment recommendations are not the same for each individual; they are personalized based on each individual’s unique history, current situation, strengths, and current needs. You will be asked to return to our office (usually within a week) so that the results can be explained to you in detail and you can ask questions.