Substance Abuse Evaluations
We provide expert, compassionate and timely substance abuse evaluations for professionals.
You are not alone.
When a licensed or certified professional has a run-in with the law about the use of drugs or alcohol, or is reviewed for other reasons by his or her professional board, hospital, or regulatory agency, a substance abuse evaluation by a board-certified Addictionologist or Addiction Medicine specialist is often mandated.
This can be a scary proposition. And in fact it is critical to have this evaluation done by the most capable specialist. In the wrong hands, your case can easily spiral out of control leading to unnecessary expenses and potentially loss of licensure.
Paul Abramson MD is not only Board Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, but is also has extensive experience working with professionals under investigation by a variety of boards, agencies and hospitals. He is a member of the Physician Wellness Committee at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
We have specific experience helping professionals under investigation for substance abuse concerns by these agencies, and others:
- State Bar of California
- Medical Board of California
- Board of Registered Nurses
- Emergency Medical Services Authority
- Federal Aviation Administration
Why choose us?
We can often mobilize an evaluation on short notice, and complete it quickly, while maintaining the highest standards of care.
We adhere to the highest standard of professional ethics and confidentiality. Dr. Abramson provides the initial assessment and often can complete the requirements himself. Additional multidisciplinary resources, such as psychotherapists and neuropsychologists, are brought in as needed,but we bring in only the resources that are required based on your unique situation. Thus you pay only for the time spent by professionals on your behalf, not for a large infrastructure that is of little use to you.
We know what the review committees are looking for. Thus we word our evaluations to avoid confusion and need for unnecessary clarifications that waste your time and money. You really do want it done right, the first time.
We have an excellent track record. While no results are guaranteed, and while our highest priorities are honesty and professionalism, we often get fair and favorable results for our patients, given the situation.
Call us today for more information, and to schedule a free introductory phone call with Dr. Abramson to see if we are a good match for your situation.
Prior to any evaluation, we have the professional provide us with all available background information, relevant medical and psychological records, and any legal documents related to the investigation. This maximizes the effectiveness of our first evaluation.
An first visit involves a history and physical examination by the doctor, review of records, and a thorough assessment in our office in downtown San Francisco. Further research and interviews are conducted as indicated. Dr. Abramson then creates an evaluation letter with his assessment and recommendations. Ongoing treatment and monitoring may be required.