What Will I Have To Do?
Again, the exact details of an alcohol assessment vary by state, but they’ll always involve answering questions about your alcohol use and history, and may also touch on drug use. A typical example of a written assessment is the World Health Organization’s ASSIST assessment, but states have their own individual tests, too.
In Michigan, for instance, an alcohol assessment involves speaking in-person with a counselor to screen for an assessment, then answering a series of questions. In Wisconsin, the assessment consists of a one-on-one interview with a counselor. Regardless of where you live, you’ll likely do some Q&A with a counselor and may also complete written or multiple choice questions. Some states require you to take a drug test.
Alcohol assessment locations vary based on your state’s regulations and the facilities available in your state, county or city. Typical locations are county health and human services department offices, health clinics and treatment centers. You can expect the assessment to take 30 to 60 minutes, but the length will vary based on how in-depth your discussion gets.
Depending on whether your assessment involves a drug test or not, you may get results right away. The assessment provider may be able to “score” your results in a matter of a few minutes. In most states, the DMV or court receives a copy of your assessment results.
Once your assessment results have been passed on to the DMV or court system, an administrative authority determines next steps, including evaluating whether the assessment and treatment plan (if any) are appropriate and if the assessor recommends you for a driver’s license.
If your alcohol assessment indicates that your drunk driving incident was an isolated case of one mistake, you may not be required to enter a treatment program. If your assessment does indicate your arrest is part of a pattern of alcohol misuse, you’ll likely have to enter a treatment program.