Addiction Recovery Assessment

 
 

Alcohol and Drug Assessment
If you or someone you love is concerned about a potential substance use disorder, the UAB Medicine Addiction Recovery Program can help. The self-assessment below allows potential patients to review common signs and symptoms of addiction. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule an in-depth evaluation with a member of our highly trained clinical staff. Our number is 205-975-7350.

Self-assessment

  1. Do you feel that you have a problem with alcohol or drugs?
  2. Are you ever preoccupied with thoughts of drinking or using?
  3. Do you drink or use alone?
  4. Do you drink or use regardless of the consequences?
  5. If you drink or use, can you stop after one glass or one hit?
  6. Have you risked losing your job or family because of drinking or using?
  7. Do you avoid social situations where you cannot drink or use?
  8. Do you hide your use or lie about the extent of your use?
  9. Are you uncomfortable in social situations without using?
  10. Do you rely on drinking or using as a coping mechanism?

Sexual Addiction Assessment
Sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, love addiction, and relationship addiction are complex issues that require a thorough analysis to make a proper diagnosis. These issues often impact a person’s recovery from substance use disorder and may require separate treatment.

Completing the questionnaire below is the first step in identifying potential signs and symptoms of sexual-related addiction or issues. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, we encourage you contact us at 205-975-7350.

Sex Addiction Screening

  1. Have you experienced difficulty resisting impulses to engage in sexual behaviors?
  2. Have you tried to stop, control, or reduce these behaviors?
  3. Have you thought of killing yourself because of your sexual behaviors?
  4. Have you experienced legal consequences due to your sexual behaviors?
  5. Do you spend large amounts of time trying to get sex or recover from being sexual?
  6. Do you ever feel anxious or irritable if you are unable to engage in sexual behaviors?
  7. Do you worry that others will find out about your sexual activities?
  8. Do you often find yourself preoccupied with sexual thoughts?
  9. Do you feel that your sexual behavior is not normal?
  10. Are you experiencing family problems as a result of your behaviors?

Professional Evaluations
Evaluations by the UAB Medicine Addiction Recovery Program are available to patients applying to the professionals program for addiction treatment. The assessment will help potential patients, people who refer patients to our program, and organizations make clinically sound decisions about whether addiction treatment is needed and what level of care the individual may require.

We also offer these evaluations to those who may have needs related to custody, employment, or college education. The evaluation has been designed to explore particular issues identified by the concerned parties and provide the patient and referring parties with comprehensive conclusions and recommended courses of action. Following the assessment, diagnoses and recommendations are presented and provided to the referral source in a detailed report.

Our evaluation team for addiction treatment includes:

  • Attending Physician
  • Counselor
  • Addiction Medicine Specialists
  • Registered nurse

Each evaluation may include:

  • Comprehensive history & physical examination
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Biopsychosocial evaluation
  • Lab work and drug testing
  • Comprehensive psychological testing
  • Cognitive testing
  • Collateral Contacts
  • Group processing

Evaluation Process

  • When appropriate, basic information about the evaluation is given to the individual, and basic information is gathered from the individual and the referral source.
  • The individual arrives, initial paperwork is completed, and lab work is done.
  • Each step in the evaluation process described above is completed within an individual meeting. These take place over a period of 3-5 days.
  • Collateral information is gathered.
  • Individual assessments are completed, and the principal members of the team meet to discuss the findings.
  • The evaluation team makes its diagnoses and recommendations.
  • A written and signed document describing the team’s initial diagnoses and recommendations is sent to the referral source and verbally communicated to the individual during the exit interview.
  • Within 2-3 weeks, a full report is sent to the referral source and made available to the individual upon request. The report contains all of the individual assessments, the collateral information, a summary of findings, and final diagnostic impressions and recommendations.

If you have questions about addiction treatment or would like to schedule an evaluation, please contact our admissions and outreach coordinator at 205-975-7350.