Substance Use and AODA Assessments

For over a century, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS) has offered programming that compassionately removes barriers to recovery for those struggling with addiction. LSS has provided successful addiction treatment throughout the state for more than 40 years.

A substance use assessment is an interview between you and a certified substance use therapist. Usually these assessments are court-ordered requested by lawyers, judges, employers, family members or schools after an event such as an accident, legal charge or changes in behavior.

A Substance Use Assessment is conducted by a licensed Substance Abuse professional.  Formerly known as AODA assessments, these give a diagnostic impression of substance abuse disorder (SUD) or dependence, based on current diagnostic criteria as defined by the Diagnostic Statistical Manual.  Recommendations are made based on the results of the assessment. These recommendations could include Early Intervention classes, outpatient services, inpatient substance use treatment or residential based services for substance use.

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

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 and is not accepted by the Department of Motor Vehicles for the purpose of a drivers safety plan.

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 608-921-1968 or complete the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page.

Appleton Office : 920-730-1326

Janesville Office: 608-752-7660, ext. 5110

Visit our Locations page to find an office location near you.  Many of our services are performed in-home and across many counties, please reach out to your closest LSS office. 


Substance Use Counseling is available at many of our clinics.  Payment arrangements are made at the time of referral, and may include self-pay or third party reimbursement. Length of service is determined on an individual basis and may include participation in groups or individual sessions. Your counselor will discuss the recommended services in detail.


Substance Use Assessments

If you are looking for information on Substance Use Assessments, please reach out with the form below.

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