Online tool helps individuals to make decision on where to seek help for a possible addiction to alcohol or other drugs
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Middlesex County, Inc. has upgraded and recently re-launched its Web-based interactive screening tool at www.helptool.org.
Replicating NCADD’s phone-based Information and Referral Helpline as closely as possible, the agency developed a self-administered questionnaire to help answer questions such as What type of program do I need? What if I don’t have insurance? And most importantly, where do I start?
The NCADD Self-Administered Screening Tool guides the user through a short series of questions and, based on the responses, generates two referrals to treatment providers local to Middlesex County, New Jersey and its immediate vicinity. While not intended to diagnose a substance abuse problem, the Tool utilizes the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Patient Placement Criteria™ to provide referrals to programs that are appropriate to the user’s needs. The ASAM Criteria is the most comprehensive and widely used for placement of individuals with alcohol and other drug problems. Once the referral list is generated, the individual will then need to contact the provider directly to arrange for a complete assessment and intake, if appropriate. The tool is not designed to take the place of an assessment by an addictions professional, but it will take the guesswork out of where to turn for help.
The Self-Administered Screening Tool is available at NCADD’s website (www.ncadd-middlesex.org) by clicking on the “Get Help” button at the top of the screen. Of course, if someone would rather speak to an addiction professional in person, NCADD’s Helpline is still available at 732-254-3344.
The NCADD Self-Administered Screening Tool was developed in collaboration with industry-leading training and consulting firm Mindcross Training. The two organizations have also partnered to launch NCADD’s e-Learning initiative, which is designed to provide educators and addiction professionals with access to training outside of the traditional in a class-room setting.
Additional information about NCADD’s eLearning initiatives can be obtained by visiting www.ncadd-elearning.org.