What Happens At A Substance & Alcohol Abuse Evaluation?

Substance and Alcohol Abuse Evaluation and Its Purpose In most states, DUI evaluation is a requirement for any person arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). The evaluation helps determine if the person has any substance and alcohol problems. It helps in determining the best form of assistance for the individual. The judges also use the substance and alcohol evaluation to determine reasonable sentences for the offenders. The evaluation plays a part in the determination of the probation conditions for the offender. While the evaluation can be conducted by any certified agency, the requirements vary from state to state although the process may be similar. However, the main goal is to determine the reasons leading to the offender’s DUI and finding a solution to the underlying issues. A substance and alcohol evaluation helps identify the extent of a person’s drug or alcohol problem. It thus allows for the development of an appropriate treatment plan that would help the person recover from the problem.

The Evaluation Process

The DUI evaluation process has two main phases. After a DUI arrest, the offender first goes through screening. He/she takes a CAGE Questionnaire, which is a short drug and alcohol assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to determine whether the person has a drug or alcohol problem. The results of the assessment determine the assessments and treatment programs that follow. If the assessment reveals a drug and alcohol problem, the person would have to go through extensive assessments and treatment programs after the screening process. After screening, the person then goes through the interview and assessment. The interview aims to find out details about a person such as his/her medical history, health, substance abuse as well as the possible reasons leading them to substance use. The information is helpful for the development of appropriate treatment plans. The interview and assessment phase uses the Diagnostic Interview Schedule-IV (DIS-IV) or the Addiction Severity Index (ASI). The DIS-IV interview seeks to establish whether a person has any psychological disorders that may be a factor in the substance abuse. It involves easy and clear questions, whose answers help the interviewer to draw accurate conclusions. The Addiction Severity Index interview involves questions that go deeper into the individual’s personal life. It aims to reveal the factors in the personal life of an individual that may have led them to substance abuse. The interview would delve into the person’s relationships, employment, as well as alcohol and substance use. The interview also goes into the person’s history to establish any past problems that may be relevant in understanding the current problem.

Outcomes of the Evaluation

The results of the DUI evaluation guide the recommendations and requirements for the offender. Where the substance and alcohol evaluation determines that the offender has a substance and alcohol problem, he/she may have to join a program that would help treat the problem. He/she may have to go through substance abuse counselling or join Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous to help rehabilitate.]]>

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