What is a Substance Abuse Evaluation?
A substance abuse evaluation is a counseling session performed by someone trained in substance abuse therapy.
The professional will administer some paper and pencil tests to determine any related substance abuse thoughts and behaviors.
They’ll also have a conversation with you about your current legal issues.
This evaluation can be a one-time visit to identify possible issues.
Then, the counselor will give you insight into your test results and recommend follow-up therapy if necessary.
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There are three popular options for substance abuse therapy:
The ultimate goal is to break the chain of drug abuse and implement new strategies/behaviors.
Sometimes, being taken out of the environment and staying sober for two weeks is exactly what someone needs.
Unless you’ve been otherwise advised by the court, attending any form of substance abuse therapy is a massive step in the right direction.
For some, the substance abuse assessment may show no issues.
Therefore, that person may not have a need for substance abuse treatment and can move on.
However, it’s best to address any issues the evaluation uncovers head on.
If your condition isn’t properly treated the first time, expect a second DUI in your future.
You’ll also continue to feel powerless over alcohol or drugs.
Addiction is a cycle that repeats itself.
Identifying possible issues and treating them will lead to a better outcome in your current case and future.
Attending AA meetings for your DUI case is one way to possibly receive lesser charges or dismiss the case altogether.
However, it is not the only way.
You don’t have to make your treatment decision alone.
Incorporate your family and any friends into your decision.
Finally, consult with your defense attorney.
A skilled and compassionate DUI lawyer will advise you of the best treatment options to not only help your case, but your well-being.
At the end of the day, the goal is to get sober and back on a promising path.
You should never feel too afraid to ask for help.
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