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What to Expect During and After Your Drug and Alcohol Evaluation

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Drug and alcohol evaluation helps the individual be evaluated to find the right treatment type for their addiction. Individuals visiting assessment centers should share truthful and accurate personal information sons to receive the right kind of treatment.

Drug and alcohol evaluation is divided into two categories; assessment and screening.

Screening

Screening is done as part of DUI evaluation to confirm whether the individual needs more tests to check whether there might be potential addictions. The result of substance screening can neither be negative or positive.

There are different types of screening that can yield either negative or positive results. If the screening produces positive results, it means the individual should be closely examined and determines whether the drug being used requires treatment. Some of the most common types of screening are:

SASSI (Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory- this is a DUI evaluation report carried out by the individual and is easy to administer, take, and score. This type of screening uses a scientifically proven tool to produce 93% accurate results when diagnosing the dependency of a substance.

CAGE questionnaire– this tool looks at how alcohol is misused in four different ways. The individual using the device should be honest and not try to cover up for their drug abuse. The questionnaire is invasive, but short.

Brief Screener for Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugs (BSTAD) –adolescents and teenagers mostly use this tool. These people prefer the device because it can be used online, and a clinician doesn’t have to be available. However, only professionals are allowed to interpret the results.

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugs (TAPS) is a useful and versatile screening tool that concentrates on face to face or online administration, in-depth screening and explores the past and recent habits if substance use. The results have to be interpreted by a professional.

Screenings can also be done for other substances like opioids and alcohol. Some states have set aside specific screenings that they think will work best for substance addiction and abuse.

Notably, screening tools are different from assessments. Screening tools are one of the many ways used to perform evaluations.

Substance assessment

Unlike the screening process, the assessment process is more detailed. It is carried out to explore and define the results of the screening. The products can be used to create recommendations or make a diagnosis of treatment services.

During a drug &alcohol evaluation, the history of the patient is obtained. The clinician then explores the personal history, family history, medical history, physical health, mental health, and previous substance use. The evaluation interview can either be semi-structured or structured.

The results of substance abuse evaluation and assessment are confidential and should only help the individual overcome addiction as they explore the possible treatment options. However, there are circumstances when the legal or court system may request the results. During such instances, the relevant documentation is the only one needed. If an individual wants to know more about the disclosed information, they should ask the person carrying out the assessment.

Drug and alcohol evaluation helps the individual be evaluated to find the right treatment type for their addiction. Individuals visiting assessment centers should share truthful and accurate personal information sons to receive the right kind of treatment.

Drug and alcohol evaluation is divided into two categories; assessment and screening.

Screening

Screening is done as part of DUI evaluation to confirm whether the individual needs more tests to check whether there might be potential addictions. The result of substance screening can neither be negative or positive.

There are different types of screening that can yield either negative or positive results. If the screening produces positive results, it means the individual should be closely examined and determines whether the drug being used requires treatment. Some of the most common types of screening are:

SASSI (Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory- this is a DUI evaluation report carried out by the individual and is easy to administer, take, and score. This type of screening uses a scientifically proven tool to produce 93% accurate results when diagnosing the dependency of a substance.

CAGE questionnaire– this tool looks at how alcohol is misused in four different ways. The individual using the device should be honest and not try to cover up for their drug abuse. The questionnaire is invasive, but short.

Brief Screener for Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugs (BSTAD) –adolescents and teenagers mostly use this tool. These people prefer the device because it can be used online, and a clinician doesn’t have to be available. However, only professionals are allowed to interpret the results.

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugs (TAPS) is a useful and versatile screening tool that concentrates on face to face or online administration, in-depth screening and explores the past and recent habits if substance use. The results have to be interpreted by a professional.

Screenings can also be done for other substances like opioids and alcohol. Some states have set aside specific screenings that they think will work best for substance addiction and abuse.

Notably, screening tools are different from assessments. Screening tools are one of the many ways used to perform evaluations.

Substance assessment

Unlike the screening process, the assessment process is more detailed. It is carried out to explore and define the results of the screening. The products can be used to create recommendations or make a diagnosis of treatment services.

During a drug &alcohol evaluation, the history of the patient is obtained. The clinician then explores the personal history, family history, medical history, physical health, mental health, and previous substance use. The evaluation interview can either be semi-structured or structured.

The results of substance abuse evaluation and assessment are confidential and should only help the individual overcome addiction as they explore the possible treatment options. However, there are circumstances when the legal or court system may request the results. During such instances, the relevant documentation is the only one needed. If an individual wants to know more about the disclosed information, they should ask the person carrying out the assessment.