• Substance Abuse Evaluations

    Our substance abuse evaluations are designed for individuals (adolescents and adults) mandated for an evaluation by their school, employer, or the criminal justice system. This is a quick response service and your evaluations will be scheduled within 72 hours of your initial contact with our office. 

    What To Expect


    Evaluations consist of a 1.5-hour clinical interview, drug test, communication with all necessary third parties (school, employer, attorney, etc.), and a letter stating the evaluation findings and treatment recommendations.

    All evaluations are conducted by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and/or a Licensed Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC).

    Evaluation Outcomes

    At the conclusion of the evaluation clients are provided with a letter stating the evaluation findings and related treatment recommendations. Based on the client’s level of substance involvement, treatment recommendations may include any of the following:

    1. No Further Action Necessary
    2. Extended Evaluation
    3. Individual Counseling
    4. Intensive Group Counseling
    5. Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
    6. Partial Hospitalization
    7. Inpatient Treatment

    If a client is recommended for individual counseling or an extended evaluation, he or she can receive these services at our at our practice and begin treatment immediately. If a client prefers to receive substance abuse treatment elsewhere, or if the client is recommended to a level of care that we do not provide, we will assist the client in finding a more suitable treatment provider.

    Extended Evaluations

    An extended evaluation consists of 6-12 individual sessions (with drug testing) for the purpose of conducting a more comprehensive substance abuse/mental health evaluation and determining whether a client can abstain from all forms of substance involvement during the designated time. An extended evaluation is helpful when a client shows several risk factors for substance abuse and addiction, but it cannot be determined whether he or she meets the full criteria for a substance abuse disorder at the time of the initial evaluation.

    Individual Counseling & Substance Abuse

    Individual counseling is scheduled 1-2 times per week depending on the client’s needs; continuing for as long as it takes for the client to demonstrate a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle.  Family members, including parents or spouses (depending on the age of the client) are always part of the treatment process and are periodically invited to participate in the client’s counseling sessions. Drug testing is an essential part of substance abuse treatment and is conducted routinely throughout the treatment process.

    Help For Family & Friends

    Strength for Change recognizes the emotional pain and suffering experienced by the families and friends of a person abusing substances, particularly when that individual refuses to seek help or change his or her behavior.  Strength for Change provides CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) counseling services, an evidence-based program that teaches family and friends strategies for encouraging and supporting their loved one in reducing substance abuse behavior, regardless if he or she is participating in a formal treatment program.


    Your privacy and confidentiality are always our top priority. Evaluation findings and treatment recommendations (including drug test results) are only disclosed to individuals for whom you have given us written permission to communicate with.  The only exception to this rule of confidentiality is in cases of child abuse and the risk of suicidal or homicidal behavior.

    Fees, Billing, & Insurance

    Please contact our office at (973)770-7600, ext.1 for a list of fees.

    In some cases, school districts or employers may contract with Strength for Change and pay the cost of a mandated substance abuse evaluation.

    Individuals seeking our substance abuse evaluation service on their own are responsible for payment at the time of service. Those with out-of-network insurance coverage are eligible for reimbursement based on their plan.  Clients are encouraged to speak to their insurance provider in determining the nature of their policy, proper protocol for submitting claims, and expected reimbursement rate.

    Quick Response Substance Abuse Evaluation includes a 1.5-hour clinical interview, drug test, contact with all necessary third parties (school, employer, attorney, etc.), and a letter stating the evaluation findings and treatment recommendations.