An Alcohol and Drug Assessment or DUI Assessment is an evaluation that assesses the degree of addiction an individual possesses. We use the results of the assessment to create a treatment plan to meet your needs and give you the best possible chance of putting your past behind you.
No one wants to find themselves in these circumstances, however; it is best you reach out to us to begin this process immediately. Not only will this help us get you the help you may need as quickly as possible, but it also exhibits to the judge and/ or prosecution that you take your responsibilities seriously.
What types of questions are on an Alcohol and Drug Assessment or DUI Assessment?
We begin your assessment by collecting basic information from you about your alcohol and/or drug use history and what effect it has had on you. These simple questions help us determine a starting point for further, more personalized questions.
Our questionnaire is a brief and standardized assessment tool. Thousands of participants have answered these questions, so this tool has been well researched and tested to ensure accuracy.
We may also ask additional questions not directly related to your alcohol or drug usage. These questions help us determine the circumstances behind your problem. We will ask if you are experiencing anxiety, depression, a recent breakup, or other unusual and stressful situations.
What can I do to ensure my Alcohol and Drug Assessment or DUI Assessment is answered correctly?
We know this is a stressful situation to find yourself in, but try not to stress about the assessment. You may have a wide array of feelings about this process. You may feel ashamed, embarrassed or hesitant to be forthcoming about your substance use. To truly recover from your alcohol or drug use if there is a problem, you must be as truthful as you possibly can. Now is not a time to rely on self-evaluation. We promise to give you our best, professional opinion. Our goal is to help you learn from the experience and move forward.
What is the next step after an Alcohol and Drug Assessment or DUI Assessment?
After you complete your questionnaire, a personal interview then takes place. The assessment plus interview process typically lasts 1.5-2 hours. During the interview, remember that we are here to help you, not judge you. We promise to always be professional and begin with a neutral position. We also avoid drawing conclusions about your substance use based simply on reading the results of your questionnaire.
Similarly, we don’t make judgments based on a one-time incident such as a DUI, alcohol or drug charge or a possible disorderly conduct charge. Furthermore, we understand that standard questionnaires cannot capture all the important details of your individual situation.Therefore, we will give you an opportunity to explain the answers to your questionnaire further. We know that no one wants to be in the position of having to complete this assessment, so it is of utmost importance to us that you have a good experience. We will give you the opportunity to explain your written answers, details of how the legal incident occurred, and any other important details.
After listening diligently throughout this conversation with you, we are then confident we can develop an accurate picture of your substance use.
What will my Alcohol and Drug Assessment or DUI Assessment results show?
After your questionnaire and interview, we will share with you how your alcohol or drug use falls on a spectrum of use.
It is possible that your situation was a very unusual incident. Sometimes your alcohol or drug use occurred for a short period of time which was related to a stressful life event.
For some, the incident that led them to us is part of a slow drift into more serious and continuous substance use. Many points exist along this continuum of alcohol and drug use. Your evaluation may show no further reason for concern to serious concern. Our goal is always to be as precise as possible in the conclusion we come to.
After sharing our results with you verbally, we are then required to write a report of our findings. This report summarizes the findings and our recommendations. We may recommend you attend either a 10 or 24 hour Alcohol and Drug class that will fulfill requirements for your completed alcohol and drug assessment (reinstatement/revocation) or drug charge assessment (attorney or court ordered) as well as a Victim Impact Panel. Other recommendations may include Outpatient Counseling or possible Inpatient/ Residential Treatment.
We will also share our report with you and give you an opportunity to respond to it. We encourage you to read the report very carefully. There should be no surprises when you present your report to the court.
To find the answers to more general questions about our Alcohol and Drug or DUI Assessment, please visit LawtonDuiClasses.com/Assessments/.
Our material is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for counseling with a qualified professional.