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A substance abuse evaluation is a method that is used to identify the extent of someone’s use, misuse, and abuse of drugs or alcohol. It can also help in determining how best to treat the individual for his or her substance abuse or addiction. Evaluations are often used by employers, attorneys, families, and individuals when substance abuse is suspected. Sometimes, an evaluation is needed as the result of legal issues (like a drug or alcohol related arrest or conviction), while other times, it may be used because concerned family and friends want their loved one to seek help for substance abuse problems. Whichever it is, a drug or alcohol evaluation can be a vital first step toward recovery. There are several reasons why substance abuse evaluations are used, including the following:

  • To determine if the individual has a drug or alcohol addiction
  • To assess the magnitude of the person’s substance use or addiction
  • To discern are any co-occurring disorders, (medically, psychologically, or psychiatrically)
  • To assess how the individual’s drug or alcohol use is affecting his or her life
  • To provide an initial understanding of the person so a baseline can be established, and a treatment plan can be created

A substance abuse evaluation provides addiction professionals with an initial look into an individual’s drug or alcohol problems. The evaluation gathers information various aspects of the individual’s life including biological, psychological, and social histories. The information is collected using interviewing and diagnostic screening materials. Once gathered, the information can be analyzed to help develop a clear picture of the client’s substance abuse issues. It is important to have this information and analysis to make the best recommendation for treatment options. Determining whether an individual needs outpatient or inpatient addiction treatment relies heavily on the results of the substance abuse evaluation.

Individual and Extended Outpatient Program (EOP)

This service is for any individual with chemical dependency issues seeking long-term abstinence and resolution of underlying issues. It provides the level of care needed develop an individualized treatment plan based on the needs of the patient and significant others. Through individual and/or group therapy, patients will clearly understand the precipitating factors for personal alcohol and drug abuse issues. They will explore abstinence-centered alternatives, become familiar with community support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and/or Narcotics Anonymous, improve coping skills, demonstrate the ability to remain abstinent and gain a greater insight into their personal spirituality.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

The intensive outpatient program (IOP) is an in-depth addiction and co-occurring treatment program that is provided on an outpatient basis. MMC Behavioral Health IOP requires individuals to attend multiple sessions—three (3) hours per day-three (3) days per week for a total of at least nine (9) hours in group treatment. Intensive outpatient programs are often recommended for individuals suffering from a mild-to-moderate substance use disorder that don’t require medically-supervised detox, individuals who need a higher level of care than outpatient or EOP, or have already attended inpatient rehab and need a step-down level of care. Treatment involves recognition of high-risk situations and development of management strategies, a sobriety support system and a relapse prevention plan. Clients may be referred to a more intense level of treatment, psychotherapeutic counseling, other sobriety support systems or community agencies.

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