In certain legal proceedings that involve substance use in Fresno California, a judge may order an addiction assessment. Examples include driving under the influence, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, or possession of a controlled substance. This court-ordered assessment is used to analyze the severity of a person’s substance use issue, their history of abuse, substances used, dosage, and frequency.
This information can then help identify the appropriate addiction treatment to help the individual overcome the addiction. In some cases, a defendant may also seek this assessment prior to being mandated by the court, as a sign that the person is taking initiative and cooperating to work on the substance abuse issues.