Typically, if you have gotten into trouble with the law or at work due to drug use, you will likely have to face a drug assessment. The reason for the assessment is to determine what you have been using, how it has impacted your life, how it has impacted your relationships, how it impacts your responsibilities and how it impacts your overall wellbeing.
An alcohol and drug assessment will gather information concerning your past history of alcohol and drug use, determine if you have had any past treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, figure out whether or not those were effective and judge if you are at risk for future alcohol or drug abuse. It will also gather medical information and your mental health history to value other risks associated with alcohol or drug use. Furthermore, it will gather information about your support system, your living situation and resources present to aid you in the recovery process. It will also assess past consequences from alcohol and drug use, such as legal problems, employment issues and relational problems.
An alcohol and drug assessment is an all-encompassing assessment of your past and present alcohol and drug use and your future outlook due to your alcohol and drug use. An assessment will find if your alcohol or drug use is a problem and guide you in appropriate treatment options for recovery.
Some treatment options that may be recommended for you can include no treatment if there is not an alcohol or drug issue present. Educational classes about alcohol or substance abuse may be recommended. Outpatient counseling to seek individual, one on one counseling for troubles related to alcohol or drug addiction may be an option as well. Group counseling or other peer groups or self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, may be useful for your current situation also.
Family counseling to help the family understand and learn to cope with alcohol or drug addiction and the changes that come with a family member seeking sobriety. Detoxification, depending on the severity of your alcohol or drug abuse problem, may be an option for you as well. Intensive outpatient treatment programs may be beneficial for your alcohol or drug concern also. There are also partial hospital programs that may be suitable to aid in your recovery process also. Inpatient, residential treatment to treat a more serious alcohol or drug addiction, however, may be the best route for you though.
There are so many treatment options to consider when determining which is the right one for you.
Outpatient counseling will help you develop a plan to quit using drugs and alcohol. With this method you can gain a better understanding about the negative behaviors contributing to your alcohol and drug use and provide you with better methods to cope with those thoughts and behaviors. It will teach you methods to remain sober and reinforce those methods to keep you drug free as well. It can also lead you through a 12 step program and motivate you to follow through with the steps toward recovery also.
Peer support groups and self help groups provide a forum for those with similar alcohol or drug related issues to gather together and share experiences of what has worked for them and assist them in getting clean with this approach. They provide mentoring, where you can be paired with someone who is further along in the process that can guide you in overcoming the grasp of addiction. This design also provide a spiritual aspect toward recovery that may be appropriate for you as well.
They may be drop in centers, where you can go to get immediate help or help as needed or the can be halfway houses or other forms of housing, that provide housing needs through your recovery program as well. There are many types of support groups that can lead you through the steps toward recovery.
Detoxification may utilize medication in order to aid in your treatment for an alcohol or substance abuse disorder. Medications are used here to reduce the symptoms associated with the withdrawal symptoms you may feel when coming off of a substance. Medications for detoxification are used alongside counseling or with other methods of treatment.
Residential treatment programs may be more beneficial for others. It aids in the process of detoxification and helps with the symptoms of withdrawal in a more intense setting. This setting provides a more structured environment. It provides a deeper treatment regimen, as you will receive therapy every day as opposed to an outpatient setting, where you may only receive treatment once or twice a week. It will also prepare you as you leave the facility and return to your everyday life without the use of alcohol or drugs.
You will have to determine what is the best course of action for you after you take an alcohol and drug assessment. All of the recommendations above are established rooted in clinical experience. They are suggested based on your specific alcohol and drug related issues determined by the assessment given.
However, finances, time, willingness as well as other issues come into play when making this decision, so you must determine what you are willing to do for yourself. If it is determined you do need treatment, we recommend you follow through with getting the guidance you need in order to live a more fulfilling life.