An alcohol or other drug abuse (AODA) assessment is an interview between you and a certified substance abuse therapist. Usually, AODA assessments are requested by lawyers, judges, employers, family members or schools after an event such as an accident, legal charge or changes in behavior. Depending on your situation, you may be responsible for fees associated with the assessment, or the fees may be covered by a third-party.
During the assessment, which can last from one to two hours, our counselors conduct conversational interviews about your use of alcohol and drugs, as well as other topics. Topics discussed include the impact of alcohol and/or drugs on your life, the impact of these substances on your relationships, job, etc., and your overall well-being. At the end of the assessment, our counselors discuss the findings and recommend appropriate treatment, if applicable. These recommendations can be voluntarily followed, or they may be enforced by the court, depending on your results. Treatment recommendations may include:
- Drug or alcohol education classes
- Outpatient treatment
- Residential treatment
- Individual, couple or family counseling
You'll receive all recommendations and findings in a detailed written report. The report can be sent to third-parties, at your request, such as a judge or lawyers. The report will not be shared with your medical insurance provider unless requested otherwise.
There are three ways to request more information or schedule an appointment for an AODA assessment: call one of the LSS offices listed below, call toll-free 844-409-2029 or complete the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page.