Chemical Health Assessment
A chemical health assessment is a tool used to determine how your chemical use is impacting your life. The information gathered during a chemical assessment helps the assessor evaluate the severity of any chemical dependency concerns, and what type of treatment might be most beneficial to you or a loved one. Chemical health assessors use nationally accepted and professionally developed standards for identifying patterns of substance use, abuse and dependence. The assessment indicates where you are on the continuum of chemical use, abuse or dependency.
A chemical health assessment is conducted by a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and typically lasts about 90 minutes. During the assessment, you will be asked questions about different areas of your life including: your chemical use history, physical and mental health, your relationships, and your current living situation. This information helps the assessor make a recommendation based on your individual needs.
As part of the chemical health assessment process, you will be required to provide the names of persons who are familiar with your use of alcohol or drugs. Obtaining another person’s viewpoint about your chemical use history is required as part of any credible assessment. In order for the assessor to speak with others regarding your chemical use history you must sign a written consent. This consent does not grant the assessor permission to share information about you, it simply gives permission to share that you are completing a chemical health assessment and allows them to collect information regarding their observations of your chemical use.