Alcohol and Drug Evaluations Services
The ADES Evaluation you’ll need to setup will cost about $150 as of 2012. Don’t get your hopes up of going to this “evaluation” and being told you don’t need treatment. ADES will ask you a lot of questions about your particular case, your lifestyle, personal and family drinking history and it will almost feel like an evaluation but it’s more like an interview. No matter what you are going to participate in one program or another. You’ll either be attending treatment classes or education classes. ADES will refer you to a treatment center facility. Usually the facility is pretty close to where you live.
Some health insurance will cover a portion or all of the treatment. You’ll need to call your insurance company and find out what they offer. It would be a good idea to do this before going to ADES. Find out which programs your insurance cover and where they are located. Bring this information to your ADES interview. ADES will tell you which programs are approved by the state.
ADES monitors your progress through whatever program they refer you. Their job is to get reports from the treatment center and make sure you are progressing like you should. They request weekly/monthly updates from the program you’re attending. The program is required to report certain information about your progress. You’ll sign a waiver at some point to allow ADES and the treatment program to exchange information about your progress. ADES will report any treatment program violations to the court and the court will decide what action to take, if any, for violations. ADES is like a middle man for the court. They keep tabs on you while you’re in treatment.
The treatment center will most likely require another evaluation which will cost around the same as the ADES interview. Plan on 12-13 weeks of treatment/education. The state requires a minimum 3 months of education and sobriety. The treatment center may require longer treatment if they feel there is a large enough dependency. There will be a fee to pay for each class but this could be offset by your health insurance. Some treatment facilities require multiple classes per week as well as Alcoholics Anonymous(AA) attendance. The costs add up quickly not just from the cost of the classes but the cost of getting to and from treatment facility and support groups.
The easiest way to deal with this step is to just buckle down and do it. Be sober; don’t try to outsmart the urine tests. Attend every class and be on time. The more you try to avoid it, the more it will end up costing you. Just make it easy on yourself and do it right the first time.