In a DUI arrest there a so many moving parts and requirements to meet. During the DUI process you may ask yourself why? Why do I need to do so many things? I may not have all the answers but if you are asking what is the purpose of the MVD required Alcohol and Drug Screening; that I can shed some light on.
What is an MVD Alcohol and Drug Screening?
For many who have been arrested of a DUI offense the first thing to do after the overnight in jail is to complete the MVD required Alcohol and Drug Screening. The Alcohol and Drug screening is not a urinalysis, it is a one on one assessment. The assessment is designed to evaluate the client’s drug and alcohol history through series of questions.
Which Alcohol and Drug Screening?
The most commonly used Alcohol and Drug Screening assessment is the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test or MAST. The MAST was developed in 1971 and is capable of identifying dependent drinkers with a 98% accuracy. The Screener will ask the client a series of questions designed to provoke some introspective regarding social, work and relational issues related to drug and alcohol use. The answers provided help the Screener develop a more in-depth understanding of the clients past.
Why use the MAST for the Alcohol and Drug Screening?
By using the MAST to complete the MVD required Alcohol and Drug Screening the Screener is able to form a comprehensive picture of the client’s history. However, being focused on the client’s history may overlook the early stages of alcohol and drug problems. As a casual observer I think being convicted of a DUI may be an indication of alcohol or drug problem in their early stages, but I am not a Mental Health professional so what do I know.
Why Arizona DUI Services?
Here at Arizona DUI Services our MVD required Alcohol and Drug Screenings are completed 100% online and do not require any intake fees or processing time. The Alcohol and Drug screening is conducted through a video chat platform and take about 30 minutes. You can complete your Alcohol and Drug Screening on your lunch hour or catch one of our late screening between 5-7 pm. Once the Screening is completed Arizona DUI Services will notify the MVD of your completed screening and email you copies of the MVD confirmation and the Screener’s notes for your own records.