Unfortunately, only an estimated 19% of individuals who need treatment for substance abuse actually seek it out. Treatment has been proven to increase recovery success rates, which is why the DOT takes it so seriously. Whether you’re a full-time DOT driver or intermittent, you will be subject to DOT drug and alcohol testing. Testing can occur at random, and failing a DOT drug or alcohol test means that you’ll need a SAP evaluation.
How do SAP evaluations for DOT employees work? How can you complete the return-to-duty process?
Read on to learn everything you need to know about SAP evaluations.
What to Expect From Your Initial SAP Evaluation
First, you will need to find a SAP (substance abuse professional) near you and set up an appointment. When you arrive for your appointment, you will begin by filling out paperwork regarding your health, history of substance use, and more.
Then, you will have a face-to-face evaluation with your SAP. During this time they will:
- Evaluate the nature of your substance abuse and potential for future use
- Recommend a treatment plan
- Send a report to your employer about your status and treatment plan
Your SAP will work hard to set you up with resources that are local to you and within your budget.
Completing Your Treatment Plan
After your initial SAP evaluation, you will need to complete the treatment plan as recommended by your SAP. Treatment plans usually involve two components.
The first is a more direct approach to alcohol or drug recovery. The type of recovery program you complete will vary based on the nature and extent of your substance abuse history.
The second is an educational approach to alcohol or drug abuse. You may need to complete online or in-person courses on the dangers of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
When Can You Return to Duty?
Once you complete your treatment plan, you will return to your SAP. They will determine whether or not the treatment was a success. If they deem the treatment a success, they will inform your employer that you are ready to return to work.
If they do not feel that treatment was successful, you will need to complete another treatment plan as per their recommendation.
Even if you do return to work at this point, your SAP may require that you continue with an ongoing treatment plan. You should also expect regular DOT drug and alcohol testing for the next six to 12 months.
Get Back to Work ASAP With Diversion Center
A SAP evaluation is the first step in the return-to-duty process after failing a DOT drug or alcohol test. At Diversion Center, we understand how important it is that you get back to work ASAP. That’s why we try to schedule appointments within 24 hours of hearing from you.
If you need a SAP evaluation in the Atlanta metropolitan area, don’t hesitate to reach out. Fill out this form to contact us and we will schedule your evaluation right away.