The state of New York does provide options in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors where addicts can receive an initial assessment or evaluations for their current addiction. These services are spread all across the state and available at any time. An assessment for drug and alcohol abuse is a process used to determine if a problem exists, how severe it may be, and what level of intervention may be needed. These generally consist of questions about what type and amount of substances you may be using, as well as the frequency and your history. These are either performed because they are court-ordered, or because the person may be looking for help or trying to determine if they need it. In any case, assessments are only useful if the person taking them answers the questions completely honestly. If you're taking an assessment on your own volition, the people performing the assessments are bound by confidentiality laws to keep your answers private. Don't worry about what they might think of you or try to minimize anything as the only person that will hurt is you. After the assessment, be open to any suggestions they give you as far as treatment options, and don't be afraid to ask questions.
What is the next step if an addiction assessment indicates there may be a problem?
The very next step after someone has gone through an addiction assessment is for the person to look at attending a drug detox program. Drug detox centers will assist the addict in going through the withdrawals, and help them transition into a substance abuse treatment program.
Below you can find a listing of different assessment/evaluation programs for drug and alcohol addiction in New York. The list can be incomplete so if you do not find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.