What is a comprehensive assessment? Comprehensive assessments are an evaluation of the client as a whole. Our clinical team collaboratively interviews the client and their family in order to integrate various sources of information into one comprehensible story. This in-depth look into the client’s life helps our staff to make decisions regarding future treatment and care. We conduct in-depth interviews, psychiatric evaluations, psychological testing, and behavioral/motivational/social analysis. We also look closely at strengths, limitations, behavioral patterns, motivations, etc. When our team is done gathering information, we meet with the client and family members to discuss a plan of action going forward. How long does the comprehensive assessment process take? The assessment process can take anywhere from one day to one week, depending on how many individuals need to be interviewed. We are happy to work around the schedules of our clients and can spread the assessment out over multiple days if necessary. Where does the comprehensive assessment take place? Typically we invite clients to join us at our Chicago office location, which is conveniently situated in the suburb of Oak Park, IL inside of the Rush Medical Office Building. Our team is also willing and able to travel anywhere in the United States to conduct at-home consultations. Who will be conducting the comprehensive assessment? Dr. Andrea Grubb Barthwell, M.D., D.F.A.S.A.M. Dr. Andrea Grubb Barthwell, M.D., D.F.A.S.A.M., is an internationally renowned physician that has been a pioneer in the field of addiction medicine within the American Addiction Society of Medicine (ASAM) and a contributor to the field of alcoholism and addiction treatment. She is a past president of ASAM, was awarded Fellow status, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Dr. Barthwell has been widely regarded by her peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America” in addiction medicine. Dr. Barthwell’s career has been as diverse and successful as the patients for whom she advocates. Her career has been comprised of a unique balance of research and practice, and reflects her steadfast commitment to merging scientific inquiry with the human side of addiction: Dr. Barthwell has combined involvement in governmental policy with community-based work in health-care organizations, as well as serving on a number of editorial boards of scientific journals and widely publishing her own research. Dr. Barthwell left clinical practice in 2002 when called to service as the Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) by President George W. Bush. Following her service at ONDCP, Dr. Barthwell has worked to advance policies that strengthen medical care within addiction settings, conceived and developed a state-of-the-art holistic center for the treatment of alcoholism and drug dependence (Two Dreams with programs in Chicago, Illinois and Outer Banks, North Carolina), and re-opened her multispecialty group practice for the treatment of trauma, pain, and addiction in Chicago (Encounter Medical Group). Dr. Barthwell is widely published and has served on a number of national advisory boards and committees, most notably the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), and the US Food and Drug Association (FDA) Drug Abuse Advisory Committee. Currently, she serves as a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). She was appointed a clinical professorship for the School of Social Welfare at the State University of New York Stony Brook (SUNY). Additionally, Dr. Barthwell has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Research (2010-present), the Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice (2005-present), the American Journal on Addictions (1995-2002), the Journal of Maintenance in the Addictions (1997-2002), and the NIDA Editorial Advisory Board (1994-2002). She is the founder of “The Parents’ Academy”, a lecture series aimed at helping parents rear tobacco-, alcohol-, and drug-resistant children. Dr. Barthwell serves as the Medical Director for Encounter Medical Group PC and is the Founder and CEO of the Two Dreams facilities. Dr. David Barthwell, M.D. Dr. David Barthwell, M.D. ("Dr. David") is a board-certified psychiatrist and our Corporate Medical Director. He spent the last eight years as a full-time psychiatrist at the Edward Hines VA Medical Center where he served as the Medical Director of Substance Abuse Services. Dr. Barthwell has extensive practice history in general psychiatry and in treating substance use disorders. He possesses a Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 waiver, which allows him to prescribe Suboxone (buprenorphine) to treat opioid addiction. Dr. Barthwell received his BS in Biology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and earned his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his psychiatry residency at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center where in his senior year served as Chief Resident. Sid Miltz, MEd, LPC, CSAT Sid Miltz, MEd, LPC, CSAT is our Chief Clinical Officer here at Two Dreams. He has over 14 years of experience in psychological and managerial fields; he directs all clinical programming and oversees daily operations at Two Dreams. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Master of Education degree in counselor education along with numerous therapy-related qualifications including Certified Trauma Specialist and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. Sid has a long history of volunteering his time to assist in community programs for individuals who face addictive disorders, mental illness, and other challenges. Outside of work, Sid loves working with stained glass, oil painting, and taking care of his dog.