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How do you know when drinking or drug use has gotten out of hand? Generally, if it interferes with family and social life, work, health, emotional stability and/or spiritual life, then chemical dependency is a problem.


Alternative Horizon Counseling offers the highest quality evaluation to help you understand the role drugs and alcohol play in your life. Our team of specially trained certified and licensed professional counselors specialize in chemical dependency.


We realize transportation issues and busy work schedules can make following through on recommendations hard, therefore Alternative Horizon Counseling  offers chemical dependency assessment appointments weekdays and on the weekends! Locations are flexible and many times we can work with you to find a time and location that fits your needs.


To make an appointment for an assessment, call 216-264-1058 or contact us with any questions.

What is a Chemical Dependency Assessment and why do I need one?


If you were arrested for DUI in the state of Ohio, you will probably have to obtain a chemical dependency assessment for the court. This is so even if your DUI is reduced to a lesser offense because the court will most probably order you to obtain one.


What is a chemical dependency assessment? Also known as an “evaluation," a chemical dependency assessment is a diagnostic evaluation, performed by a state licensed individual, to determine whether a person suffers from an alcohol or drug dependency. The results of the evaluation are then prepared in a written form.


How is the evaluation done? State law requires that it be performed in a face-to-face interview.  The evaluator will gather information from the person about his or her past and current use of alcohol and drugs, prior alcohol/drug treatment or education, relapse history, and legal history.


What is in the written assessment? The evaluator describes the sources of information considered and the interview results, and concludes with a diagnosis indicating the level of care recommended, if any.


What if there is insufficient evidence of substance abuse or dependence? In that event, the evaluator will usually recommend that the person attend Drug and Alcohol Education Class and/or a Driver Intervention Program.


Are the results of the assessment confidential? Federal law prohibits disclosure of the assessment without the person’s specific written consent. However, the agency may ask for the person’s consent to allow disclosure to probation officers, courts, and lawyers.  If the person is convicted of DUI or Physical Control, and the court does not receive a form from the agency concerning the assessment result, the person’s license may be suspended, revoked or they may be denied reinstatement of their license.


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