Are you facing legal charges due to alcohol or drug use? In Illinois, anyone arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs must undergo a DUI drug and alcohol evaluation before they can be sentenced for the offense. We have several Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors (CADC) who can complete your assessments and provide you with the necessary documentation. We’re aware that the process can seem overwhelming and are here to help you through it. Our personal service will help you get through this challenging time.
The purpose of the evaluation is to determine the extent of the defendant’s alcohol and/or drug use and its associated risk to current or future public safety. The following areas are reviewed: the defendant’s driving history, chemical test results (blood alcohol content), Objective Test score and category, and an interview with a counselor who will evaluate you.
The focus of the interview is past and current alcohol and drug use, specifically as it relates to driving history. The evaluation gathers information about your history of using alcohol and/or drugs, previous alcohol and drug treatment you may have had, your risk of future problem use, significant medical concerns, mental health concerns, sources of support and resources to help you in making positive life changes, your living environment, and the consequences from your alcohol and/or drug use, including legal issues, employment problems, and relationship problems. The goal is to not only understand what chemicals you were using and how much, but also the context of your using – how your use did or did not impact your life.
At the completion of your alcohol and drug assessment, you will be asked to complete a release of information for 2-3 people that can provide further information about your alcohol and drug use. These people will be contacted, typically within 24 hours, and asked to provide collateral information. After information is gathered from your collateral contacts, it is reviewed along with all of the other information gathered from your online assessments and face-to-face assessment. Based on what is learned, recommendations are made, if appropriate, to address any concerns related to your alcohol and drug use.
The process begins with a call or email from you in order to set up an appointment for your evaluation. The drug & alcohol assessment takes approximately 1.5 hours. It will include an interview and questionnaires focusing on past and current alcohol and drug use. After your assessment is complete, you will then be given a risk level recommendation of which DUI class program is best for your needs:
Note: In all cases, it is at the discretion of the Court to determine what type of recommendation, if any, will ultimately become a part of the sanction for the DUI offense. However, if the alcohol and drug evaluation is for the Office of the Secretary of State in relation to the return of full or limited driving privileges, you will be required to complete any recommendations contained in the drug and alcohol assessment.
You have the right to refuse the completed alcohol and drug evaluation, to withdraw from the process at any time, or to seek a second opinion by obtaining another evaluation. However, any information provided may be released to the Court or the Office of the Secretary of State, upon request. If the evaluation and assessment procedure is not completed, notice will be sent to the Court or the Office of the Secretary of State.
Recommendations are based on what is clinically appropriate to address concerns related to your alcohol and drug use. These recommendations may include, but are not limited to:
The results of your alcohol and drug assessment will be shared with you during your session. A written report will be created that details the information shared in the process of your assessment, as well as the outcome and your recommendations. This assessment can be sent to any party you wish, as long as you have signed a release of information allowing for it. Since we do not work with insurance companies, your alcohol and drug assessment will not be a part of your medical record unless you choose to provide it.
A standard chemical health (alcohol and drug) assessment is $140 and includes:
We also offer affordable Domestic Violence Evaluations and a 15-week group Anger Management Program (for adults and teens) at the request of the court, social service, probation department, or an employer. Evaluations are conducted in person, and the interview typically lasts 1.5 to 2 hours. We also offer individual sessions for clients who are unable to attend groups. Group sessions cover the following themes:
The state certified Partner Abuse Intervention Program consists of a 1.5 individual intake/orientation session and 28 weekly group sessions. Daytime and evening classes are offered. Program sessions utilize lectures, video materials, handouts, quizzes, group discussions, in-class exercises and homework assignments. The following themes are discussed, each during three consecutive sessions:
It is our policy that the participants of the batterers program cannot simultaneously attend couples counseling.
Those who are interested in marriage therapy, first have to deal with their own use of violence and abusive behavior.
The material contained on this website is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute care, treatment or other professional advice.
Due to the general nature of the information on this site, should you require specific help, you should seek the assistance of an appropriately trained professional.