A Substance Use Evaluation, also known as a drug and alcohol evaluation, or a substance abuse evaluation, is a process that takes place between an individual and an licensed counselor. The goal of the evaluation is to assess whether or not an individual’s alcohol and/or drug use is a problem and how it affects one’s life. This evaluation is different than addiction therapy or any kind of counseling. While those services are helpful, the evaluation is meant to provide clarity to all parties interested as well as helpful treatment recommendations.

What to Expect

Our evaluation process is simple. To begin, all that is needed from you is a 2-hour, face-to-face meeting with one of our clinicians. When you come into our office, you will fill out some paperwork and discuss payment options. Then you will meet with a clinician who will have a conversation with you regarding what brought you to us, your substance use history, and what treatment options are available. You will also have some time to complete a couple questionnaires (about 30 minutes).

After your meeting, the clinician may contact family members or other people involved for a phone call. This is called a collateral interview. We will only contact those you have given us permission to contact. Also, this aspect of the evaluation is not always required based on the circumstances of your evaluation.

The clinician will write an evaluation report. This report will be delivered to you, and any other party you give permission. The report will include the following:

  • Basic demographic information
  • History and social information (family and friends, where do you live?)
  • The reason for undergoing an evaluation
  • Any clinical diagnoses we can offer
  • Recommended treatment options
  • A clinical opinion on ability to work, return to daily activities, etc.

Who Requests Substance Use Evaluations?

Court-Ordered Evaluations

  • Driving While Ability Impaired
  • DWAI Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Family court custody disputes and visitation rights
  • Arrests for other crimes where an individual was intoxicated
  • Child Protective Services
  • Probation requirements

Addiction and Rehabilitation Facilities

  • Placement in most treatment facilities and rehab programs require a Substance Use Evaluation

Employer Requested Evaluations

  • High absenteeism
  • Erratic behavior
  • Frequent and unpredictable mood swings
  • Coming to work intoxicated
  • Drinking on the job
  • Positive random drug screens


We offer our services at a direct-care cash rate of $250 for the full evaluation. We can set up payment plans and other options at your initial appointment. The cost covers all in-person sessions, all reporting, any testing, and a level of care not found in many practices offering similar services.


We take great care to maintain a high level of confidentiality and privacy with our clients. We do not share your information without a release of information signed by you, and we deliver our results directly to you and to whatever parties have permission. Also, since we do not process insurance for this service, any diagnoses will not be reported to any outside agency. We store your information securely, and our staff are trained to maintain our client's privacy at all times.

How to Get Started

The first step is to contact us and schedule an appointment. We see clients from across all of Northern Colorado. We make the process straightforward, private, and quick. Contact us today to schedule an intake with our clinicians, or we can schedule a free, 30-minute consultation. Contact us at: (970) 889-8204 or email us at: contact@coloradocac.com.

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