What are Substance Use Assessments?
A Substance Use Assessment is a Comprehensive Chemical Health Assessment with a standardized set of questions, used by Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors, to assess your use of alcohol and/or other mind-altering substances, to determine if you Meet the DSM-5 Criteria for a Substance Use Disorder.
What can I expect during my appointment?
You will meet individually with a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor in a safe, secure and confidential setting to discuss your substance use history, the impact it has had on various aspects of your life and what your hopes are for your future. Substance Use Assessments generally last about 2 hours and results are usually available within 1-3 business days.
What are Substance Use Assessments used for?
The results of your Substance Use Assessment will determine if you Meet Criteria for a Substance Use Disorder and if any Services are Recommended. Your Assessment can be submitted to the DMV to get your Driver’s License Reinstated or to obtain the Interlock System, to the Minnesota Court System for legal defense, or to your Health Insurance Company or to your County of residence to request funding for Treatment Services. Sometimes Assessments are also used for Child Protection or Child Custody Cases as well.
Why Choose Me for your Assessment?
When I do a Substance Use Assessment, I am working as an Independent Clinician in Private Practice. I am not working as a County, State, Law Enforcement, Court, Treatment Center or Insurance Company staff person. Why is this important? I have no biases or incentives regarding the outcome of your assessment. My results and recommendations are simply based on the information collected during the Assessment process. My only focus is on you, your needs, and what appears to be in your best interest.
I Am Here To Help You
I am a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and I have been in Recovery for over 10 years. After I got sober, I left my Social Service career of over 20 years and obtained my License in Alcohol and Drug Counseling so I could dedicate my time to helping others in recovery. I will never forget the counselors that helped me, believed in me when no one else did, and stood by me, sometimes holding me up, until I could stand on my own two feet again. I am here now, as the counselor, offering the same thing to clients that need someone in their corner. I have been there, I understand, and now I am here to give back to help others, and to help you!
Simply put, when I do your Assessment, I work for you. After all, it really is – ALL ABOUT YOU!
*Mobile Assessments are available at Hospitals, Law Enforcement Centers and Attorneys Offices for an additional fee.