An assessment is the starting point for all substance abuse treatment. The assessment is made up of multiple questions that help the clinician understand any need for assistance related to substance abuse, mental health, medical care,  housing, employment, support, transportation etc. Below are some common questions when considering an assessment.

Who needs an assessment?

Anyone can ask for an assessment! Some of the referral sources we frequently see are as follows: self-referral, court, probation, DWI, EAP (Employee Assistance Program), employers, family members, drug court, DSS, and licensure boards.

How do I schedule an assessment?

Anuvia conducts assessments “on-demand” which means   appointments are not typically made and clients just walk in when it is convenient for them. Our walk-in hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00am to 1:30pm on Fridays. Assessments are conducted on a “first come, first serve” basis, so you are encouraged to arrive early and be prepared to stay about 2 hours in addition to your wait time.

How much does an assessment cost?

Costs vary depending on the type of assessment you need and depending on your funding source (insurance, Medicaid, no insurance etc.). Regardless of your funding source, NC DWI assessments are $100 for each DWI and out of state DWIs are charged an additional $75 processing fee.

How do I know the results of my assessment? Will I get something to prove I came?

The assessor will give you a recommendation letter at the   conclusion of the assessment. The recommendation may be determined at that time or it may be pending collateral information such as drug screen results, BAC from a DWI, driving records, or information from your referral source. If your recommendation is pending, the recommendation cannot be made until that information is received. Once a pending recommendation is made, the assessor will contact you by phone and mail you a written letter of recommendation.

Will I be drug tested at the assessment?

Urine drug screens are frequently administered at the time of assessment, but ultimately the clinician will decide if a drug screen is clinically necessary at the time of assessment. All  clients are breathalyzed prior to the assessment. The results of any urine drug screens or breathalyzer tests will be reviewed with you.

Katherine Dickerson, MS, LCAS, MAC, CCS, LPCA, Clinical Supervisor—Assessment Services