Drug & Alcohol Assessments

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    Do you or others question if you have a problem with drugs or alcohol? Do you wonder if your substance(s) use is normal or if your use is excessive? Do you question if there is an underlying disorder, such as depression or anxiety that you are masking with your use?  At Texas PCS a professionally conducted evaluation can answer those and other questions about your drug or alcohol use.

    Drug & Alcohol Assessments include an interview and completion of several written and/or online assessments. In addition to tools that are intended to evaluate your relationship with substances, other measures will assess your mental status, suicide risk, as well as screen for any underlying affective disorders.

    The results of your individual assessment will identify if there is an indication of a substance abuse problem or not. Perhaps more importantly, if a problem is identified, a recommendation will be made for treatment in the least restrictive environment.

    20 Key Questions to Ask Yourself

    One of the oldest and most time tested dependency evaluation tools for chemical dependency has its origins from the Johnson Institute of Minneapolis. Many variations exist, but the basic questions are as follows:

    1. Has anyone ever suggested you quit or cut back on your drug/alcohol use?
    2. Has drinking/using affected your reputation?
    3. Have you made promises to control your drinking or using and then broke them?
    4. Have you ever switched to different drinks or drugs or changed your using pattern in an effort to control or reduce your consumption?
    5. Have you ever gotten into financial, legal, or marital difficulties due to using?
    6. Have you ever lost time from work because of using or drinking?
    7. Have you ever sneaked or hidden your use?
    8. On occasion, do you feel uncomfortable if alcohol or your drug is not available?
    9. Do you continue drinking or using when friends or family suggest you have had enough?
    10. Have you ever felt guilty or ashamed about your drinking or using or what you did while under the influence?
    11. Has your efficiency decreased as a result of your drinking or using?
    12. When using or drinking, do you neglect to eat properly?
    13. Do you use or drink alone?
    14. Do you use or drink more than usual when under pressure, angry, or depressed?
    15. Are you able to drink or use more now without feeling it, compared to when you first started using?
    16. Have you lost interest in other activities or noticed a decrease in your ambition as a result of your drinking or using?
    17. Have you had the shakes or tremors following heavy drinking or using or not using for a period of time?
    18. Do you want to drink or use at a particular time each day?
    19. Do you go on and off the "wagon"?
    20. Is drinking or using jeopardizing your job/career?
    If you answer "Yes" to one or more of the questions above, it does not necessarily imply a chemical dependency problem.  However, three or more "Yes" answers suggest that you should more closely evaluate your drug and/or alcohol use.
  • What to Expect

    A typical evaluation  includes an interview with a counselor and one or more formal or informal assessment instruments.  Often, the evaluation/assessment process will require at least an hour as the individual completes questionnaires, which may be paper and pencil, or a computerized version.  

    During the initial visit your counselor will explain the purpose of the assessment or evaluation, and once the results are available, the results will be interpreted and explained to the participant.  Texas PCS counselors will make every effort to place you in a relaxed atmosphere, and complete assessments and evaluations and process them in a timely manner.