San Diego Substance Use Assessor


Professional Recovery Services

Substance Use Assessment


A Substance Abuse Assessment addresses the scope of a person’s alcohol or drug use, utilizing DSM 5 criteria. This is helpful in determining if the substance use has moved from experimental to a problem level requiring help. A person in addiction may not be able to fully see, understand, or accept their disease and an intervention (legal, medical, family) may be eminent. The person may be required by the court to have a Substance Abuse Assessment. Sometimes, a Substance Use Assessment will provide perspective for a person who has concerns about their own substance use. Having an objective Substance Abuse evaluation can be helpful for the individual to make appropriate and responsible decisions regarding their substance use and be helpful in the way of detox, rehab treatment, and/or counseling. Assessments and screening may take place in our office or at your location.


A Substance Use Assessment considers a variety of factors including:


• Substance amount and frequency

• Consequences of alcohol & drug use and awareness thereof

• Addiction possibility

• Level of addition

• Stage of Recovery

• Life events surrounding drug abuse and addiction

• Treatment options available

• Dual diagnosis factors

• Issues underlying addictive behavior

• Support and barriers to recovery

• Identify triggers for potential relapse risk


After the assessment, we work to find appropriate and available alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs that fit our clients’ needs.


Male and Female assessors and counselor available.



Incarcerated Clients (In jails and prisons) Assessment – Treatment Program Placement


Often, addiction leads to a legal intervention due to arrests for possession/theft/dealing or other activities supporting their substance use, resulting in being put into jail or prison.


We offer a service of visiting the jail and interviewing inmates to conduct a substance use assessment. Once it is determined that the inmate is aware of their addiction and is accepting of appropriate help, AND if court orders allow for treatment, AND there are no other warrants or holds, then we search for the appropriate and available rehab facility for placement.



Recovery Counseling


Drug and alcohol abuse can lead to significant hardship and turmoil in the life of the abuser as well as those close to them. However, with recovery counseling, much can be done to help the person abusing and their family unit to restore a balance and “re-regulate” themselves and their relationships. With the appropriate addiction recovery therapy program, it is possible to not only have sobriety and recovery, but to also grow and lead a life healthier than ever imagined.


A common misconception among people suffering from drug or alcohol addiction is that they can “tough it out” and overcome their addictions by themselves. This is a false outlook, especially being that true recovery is so much more than abstinence.


The reality is that drug addiction is powerful and can be quite complex and as such, requires help from those outside of ourselves. Even a very strong-willed person may find it impossible to heal their addiction without help from an addiction recovery program. Some of the recovery program models might include individual client and/or family counseling, community substance use education and prevention, treatment planning, one on one counseling, group counseling, referrals, 12 Step work, and trauma informed therapy model.


For most of us, admitting that we or a loved one may need addiction rehab therapy can be not only difficult to identify, but even more difficult to admit and accept. Typical signs of addiction could include:


•Mood swings

•Red or glassy eyes

•Social withdrawal

•Behavioral changes


•Sniffles or runny nose

•Careless grooming

•Changes in sleeping patterns


It is an act of love to seek help for yourself or another when you notice any of the symptoms of drug abuse listed above, and seek out professional addiction therapy. Professional help is essential to drug and alcohol abuse recovery - do not hesitate to contact us.


The Therapy Role


Addiction recovery therapy is a “process” and takes many shapes over the recovery process. At the beginning, identifying the severity of the addiction leads to acceptance and a request for help. Then, a detox is needed to provide clearer thinking and the ability to make healthier decisions. Reasons that stirred the initial use and addiction are examined and identified for the purpose of establishing new coping skills to resolve triggers in the clients’ environment. The client may find they are more susceptible to relapse triggers once they exit their treatment program. Meeting with people in various 12 Step programs within the community will often help mute these triggers and more importantly, provide a new healthier social group from which to draw strength and hope.


A variety of modalities may be used to help treat such dependencies, including:


•Twelve-step programs

•One on one therapy

•Group therapy

•Somatic Experiencing SE

•Integrated/somatic bodywork


Regardless of how long you or a loved one have suffered from addiction or how severe the addiction may be, help is available.


Male or Female assessors' and counselors' available.





An intervention is an act of love and is often the first step toward recovery. Interventions are designed to prompt clear and honest thinking to motivate individuals with substance use problems to change harmful behaviors that are negatively affecting their lives. The end result of an intervention is to get the person into a rehab facility where they will detox, allowing for even clearer thinking, and then learn about themselves and establish their individual l rehab plan.


It is important to note that recovery works in different ways for different individuals, and in different time frames. Some people are able to sufficiently recover after one rehab experience. Others may not experience their recovery until after many rehab efforts. There is no way to precisely identify when someone will reach their personal sobriety and recovery. It becomes more “when they are ready, they are ready” and about the person "being ready" more so than what rehab facility they use. The addiction did not happen overnight, so too, it may not heal overnight. No matter the difficulty getting into rehab, once they achieve their sobriety and recovery, it will be worth the effort.


We are able to help. We conduct an in initial in depth interview with you to determine if there might possibly be a need for an intervention. If an intervention is in order, we meet with family/friends to create a support team to confront the addict, guiding the “team” on how to best navigate the intervention. The intervention is held, and it is likely that the addicted person will be immediately placed into a predetermined rehab facility to start their recovery.


In any case, an intervention of some sort will occur. It can take many different appearances. Some of them are;


•Legal – Crime, arrest, jail, probation, drug court

•Medical – overdose, organ failure, heart attack

•Mental – Paranoid, Suicidal

•Family – Separation, divorce, isolation

•Financial – Job loss, run out of money



The substance use assessment fee is based on the assessment model and the test instruments to be used. The assessment will include an assessment summary along with recommendations – we will submit this to the court if the assessment is requested by the court or a legal request. In any case, the fee and details of your assessment will be discussed in advance and prepaid. San Diego Substance Use Assessor accepts cash and most credit/debit cards. Call us at 619-659-7895 to discuss your assessment situation.


Cancellation Policy

Cancelled assessment appointments within 48 hours of appointment will be charged a cancellation fee, with the remaining prepaid amount returned to the source.



We make every effort to accommodate your schedule when planning your assessment. We are available weekdays and are often available evenings and weekends to conduct your substance use assessment. Most assessments are planned and submitted to the court within 7 working days.





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San Diego Substance Use Assessor

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(619) 659-7895