A rule 25 assessment - call phone 612.474.4100 to schedule - is an evaluation of a person’s alcohol and drug use and used to diagnose addiction. In Minnesota, state statutes, or rules, guide the evaluation process. More information on these rules can be located here. During the evaluation, the assessor gathers information on the client, from the person being assessed and concerned others, then applies criteria meant to determine diagnose substance use disorders. The assessment also helps the assessor determine what type or treatment would be most appropriate.
During a rule 25, a type of chemical use assessment, the person being assessed will arrive early to complete intake paperwork. The person will sign an informed consent form, agreeing to the assessment. If there are other involved parties that need to be involved, the person will sign additional consent forms to involve certain people. Involvement can be restricted, and the person being assessed can indicate on the consent forms the degree in which they would like to limit the other party’s participation. Following the intake portion and paperwork, the person being assessed will be seen by a chemical use assessment, licensed therapist. While there are different types of clinicians that conduct the assessment, most commonly the therapist has an alcohol and drug counseling license. The therapist will introduce themselves and explain the assessment interview process. During the actual interview, many different questions will be asked. The goal of the interview is for the therapist to gain a solid understanding of what brought the person into his or her office, and how best to help. The rule 25 assessment questions can be quite personal. The person being assessed should never feel pressured to provide answers to every question. If a question feels too personal, simply decline to answer. As a rule of thumb, answer the questions in an honest manner. This will allow the therapist to have an accurate understanding of what is going on in the person’s life and honesty also helps in building rapport between the client and therapist. The therapist will include questions specifically designed to determine if a person is experiencing symptoms of substance use disorders. These include alcohol/drug cravings, withdrawal symptoms, loss of control, preoccupation with use, negative social/legal consequences due to use, and if a person is or has developed a tolerance to a drug.
It is crucial that a person seek out an independent therapist to conduct the rule 25 assessment. This is so the person being assessed receives a neutral, impartial evaluation. Independent therapists also tend to be client-centered, and do an excellent job considering the wants and needs of the person being assessed. To receive a genuinely independent rule 25 assessment assessment, call the Chemical Assessment Center, by dialing 612.474.4100. The Chemical Assessment Center of MN provides flexible in person and telemedicine appointments.
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