Alcohol and Drug Evaluations
Alcohol and Drug Evaluation – Clinical DUI
(applicable to those who received a DUI in the state of Georgia)
The majority of drivers arrested for DUI are instructed by a judge to undergo an alcohol and drug evaluation. The evaluation is completed by a clinical evaluator, and the treatment is provided by a treatment provider.
The evaluator (the person, not the company) must be on the registry of clinical evaluators (CE ). The treatment agency (the company) must also be registered as a treatment provider (TP). Both CEs and TPs can be verified here. The Diversion Center is a registered TP, but we do not currently have a CE on staff. Generally, if you happen to be convicted of DUI, the alcohol and drug evaluation can be a compulsory part of your treatment and/or punishment.
You should discuss with your attorney about the possibility of arranging an alcohol and drug evaluation, as this gives the court and the prosecuting attorney the impression that you are taking the full responsibility for your actions. Going for the DUI evaluation as fast as possible also gives you the opportunity to understand the type of treatment plan that is recommended. The following issues should be considered when setting your evaluation arrangements.
DUI or NON-DUI?
A non-DUI alcohol and drug evaluation is completed by, or under the supervision of, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. This is not a counseling session; the appointment is made to determine if the client has a substance abuse problem, and how much treatment intervention is required to prevent relapse. Any charge that is not a DUI from Georgia can be treated as a non-DUI appointment.
Before the Evaluation
- Risk Reduction Certificate
- Needs Assessment
- Probation Officer’s contact information (fax number)
In many cases, probation officers tell you that you do not need to complete Risk Reduction until after the evaluation, but this is not true. Evaluators want to see that you are being proactive, and want to use this information when making their final recommendations.
With this evaluation, it is imperative that you stay sober, and that you tell the truth. You can only get the help you need if you accept that you have a problem and you want to get better.
Possible Treatment Recommendations
The label means that the test you underwent does not contain an enough evidence to prove that you have any kind of problem with drug or alcohol. In order to receive this recommendation, you must prove to the CE that you do not have an alcohol dependence. Note that you cannot just lie your way to this recommendation. This is reserved for rare occasions, and it is still possible for you to be ordered to take part in a one-day drug and alcohol program from a court-approved center.
This label indicates that you are suffering from drug or alcohol abuse, or a potential for abuse, based on the data gathered during your alcohol and drug evaluation. If you are recommended this type of label, the counselor may recommend that you participate in a number of individual or group counseling sessions, typically between 6 and 12 sessions. This treatment must be conducted by a registered treatment provider, but does not have to be completed where you receive the evaluation.
With a recommendation of long-term treatment, the evaluator has determined that you suffer from a substance use disorder, and you may be dangerous to yourself or others when using alcohol or drugs. If you receive this recommendation, you will be required to attend a long-term alcohol and drug treatment program with a Court-approved outpatient facility lasting between 4 and 12 months. This type of program may include group and individual discussions with a licensed treatment provider. Attending Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) gatherings many also be mandated as an additional stipulation.
Getting Counseling and Treatment
Disclaimer: Please note that the following information is only applicable to those who received a DUI in the state of Georgia.