Comprehensive Assessment

Comprehensive assessment is considered to be essential to identify the help that is likely to be most effective for the individual. This is done by a trained counsellor or health clinician, who will ask questions about the person’s alcohol and/or drug history, their personal circumstances, and look at the issues underlying and sustaining their use of alcohol or other drugs.

The goal is to determine the nature of the problems (and related problems if present), including mental and physical health, spiritual well-being, family, social and cultural strengths and issues, offending and legal problems, and develop a treatment plan with the person seeking help. A quality assessment is the basis for matching the different treatment options available to the individual’s specific needs and circumstances.