Not everyone who experiences problems with alcohol, drugs or compulsive habits requires an extensive addiction treatment program. The use of drugs or alcohol by itself may not be the cause of a person’s problems but family and friends might be concerned if a loved one seems to be using substances or unhealthy habits to cope with problems. In many cases, underlying psychiatric issues that have not been addressed can lead some people to self-medicate with drugs, alcohol, or compulsive habits such as sex, food or gambling. By taking the time to complete a thorough assessment, our professional staff can identify any such underlying issues and if appropriate recommend proper treatment so that the client may resolve any existing issues.
Alternatives created the Comprehensive Evaluation Program to identify the underlying cause of a client’s psychological distress and to evaluate the extent to which an individual’s use of alcohol or other drugs contributes to the problems they are experiencing. The assessment process takes 48 hours as long as a medical detox is not required.
Who is it for?
The 48 hour evaluation and stabilization program is a great fit for adolescents, young adults, and adults who are feeling that their substance use is becoming an issue in their lives but are uncertain whether a full-fledged treatment program is necessary or even appropriate. The evaluation and assessment program can also help families trying to ascertain whether their needs require a full residential addiction treatment program or whether an outpatient or sober living solutions is enough (this decision alone can save a family over $100,000 for a single treatment episode). This program is also for individuals who have been through treatment before and are feeling as if they need a “booster” to realign their goals and behavior.
What Is Included in the Assessment?
Treatment begins with an extensive assessment that help our staff determine the most important and relevant focus for treatment.
• A thorough medical history and physical examination along with screening laboratory tests, performed by an attending physician.
• Toxicology screens
• A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation by a board-certified psychiatrist
• Psychological interview and testing
• Quantitative EEG (QEEG) Brain-Scan and analysis
• A full psychometric evaluation of substance-use related issues including:
• Addiction Severity Index (ASI)
• Alcohol Dependence Scale (ADS)
• Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (S-MAST)
• Cocaine, amphetamine and opiate dependence screening
• A psychological evaluation performed by a clinician, which may include:
• Depression, Anxiety and ADHD Assessments
• Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory – II (MMPI-II)
• Millon Clinical Multiaxial Personality Inventory – III (MCMI-III)
• Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE)
What Will You Achieve?
Following the above tests and assessments, the client (and family when appropriate) will meet with the Alternatives Evaluation team to review the results and recommendations based on his or her evaluation. Included in the consultation is an assessment of the severity of any existing substance abuse issues as well as evaluation of psychiatric issues and the appropriateness of moderate drinking as a treatment goal.
You will leave with a substantially improved understanding of the specific issues that future treatment might need to address as well as a recommendation regarding specific options for follow-up treatment, when appropriate.
This option is not treatment and should not be expected to result in significant behavioral change.