Many people are in denial that their alcohol use is causing negative effects on their families lives, work and/or education. Many deny this issue until they make the mistake to drive under the influence and then are faced with legal repercussions due to their actions or their health begins to see the dangerous effects of alcohol. For some an alcohol evaluation will be court ordered or requested by a medical doctor to determine the severity of the persons alcohol abuse problem. You may even decide to undergo an alcohol evaluation on your own to determine if your alcohol abuse problem needs treatment.
What is an Alcohol Evaluation?
An alcohol evaluation is a process in which chemical dependency specialists investigate and gauge the impact that alcohol has on your life. This will be done with a complete physical and psychological examination as well as a questionnaire questionnaire asking you about your own perception of your drinking patterns. All of the information received from the alcohol evaluation will be reviewed and your treatment will then be determined.
Alcohol Evaluation Process
- Physical Examination
- Psychological Examination
- CAGE questionnaire
- Michigan Standard Screening Test (MAST)
- Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)
- TWEAK test
- Personal meeting with the evaluator
The Results of the Alcohol Evaluation
There are three results to the alcohol evaluation
- NSP indicates “no significant problem.”
- SP1 indicates that you may not have an addiction to alcohol, but you have the potential to abuse it.
- SP2 means that you have a significant problem with alcohol.
If your alcohol evaluation results are SP1 or SP2 you are recommended to enter into an inpatient or outpatient treatment facility to work through your alcohol abuse problem or alcoholism. The treatment that you will receive will be personalized off the results of your alcohol evaluation as a way to treat your individual recovery needs. You will be able to work through the physical and psychological addiction you have for alcohol as well as the mental and emotional effects it has had on you.