Psychological Testing and Assessment to Resolve Underlying Issues

At Alta Mira, our team guides you to identify and resolve the underlying issues that have contributed to your struggles with substance abuse, empowering you to achieve lasting recovery. Alta Mira’s world-class specialists set the standard for psychological testing in addiction treatment programs, offering the most advanced diagnostic assessments available. Our sophisticated testing allows you to receive the most accurate diagnosis possible, enabling our team to customize a highly effective treatment plan to fit your unique needs and goals.

Psychological Testing empowers us to:

  1. Properly diagnose and treat an extensive range of illnesses and disorders that may be contributing to your substance use
  2. Create a medication strategy based on empirical evidence and make appropriate adjustments during your course of treatment
  3. Identify and work on interpersonal issues that might otherwise compromise your treatment
  4. Present you with tangible data to better understand your illness and recovery


Most people seeking addiction treatment have co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, or trauma that need to be addressed in order to sustain long-term recovery.  During the course of your treatment, you will receive a full psychiatric interview and a battery of psychological tests that are specifically designed to meet your needs – exploring your needs in the following areas:

  • Psychological and Personality
  • Cognition
  • Mood and Emotional functioning
  • Symptom Severity
  • Crisis Assessment
  • Specialty Assessments (e.g. sleep, pain, eating disorders, etc.)

The testing was a very important part of my stay here.

Benjamin Z., Alta Mira Alumnus
Bridges to Recovery Testimonial

The testing was a very important part of my stay here.

Benjamin Z., Alta Mira Alumnus

Based on Your Individual Needs, Testing May Include (but is not limited to) the Following::

Psychological / Personality:

  • Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5
  • Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview
  • Personality Assessment Inventory
  • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)


  • PTSD Checklist for DSM-5
  • Life Events Checklist for DSM-5
  • Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (PTSD Module)
  • Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5)


  • Wechsler Memory Scale-IV (WMS-IV)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale IV (WAIS-IV)
  • Woodcock-Johnson
  • Trails A&B
  • Wechsler Fundamentals: Academic Skills
  • Rey Complex Figure
  • Test of Nonverbal Intelligence-IV (TONI-IV)
  • Barkley Adult ADHD Rating Scale (BAARS-IV)
  • Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS)
  • Test of Variable Attention

Mood & Emotional Functioning:

  • Beck Anxiety Inventory
  • Beck Depression Inventory
  • Beck Hopelessness Scale
  • Geriatric Depression Scale
  • Mood Disorder Questionnaire
  • Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression

Interest /Vocational:

  • Strong Interest Inventory
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
  • Career Assessment Inventory (CSI)


  • Adrenal Stress Index
  • Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory
  • Iowa Gambling Task (IGT)


When clinically indicated (extra fees may apply), clients have access to:

  • Computerized Axial Tomography – CAT Scan
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging – MRI
  • Positron Emission Tomography – PET scan

Comprehensive psychological testing offers you an opportunity to fully understand the source of your suffering and the underlying causes of your substance use. It is critical that this testing is done while in treatment, so we can begin treating your co-occurring disorders right away. Our experts are highly skilled in treating a full range of co-occurring disorders–including trauma, mood disorders, personality disorders, and codependency.

Our testing also allows us to address your full range of treatment needs, allowing us to provide you with the right counseling and medications for your circumstances, and making the most of your time in treatment. These tests also aid us in creating your most effective discharge and continuing care plan, offering you the very best long-term outcomes.

At Alta Mira, our passion is to help you fulfill your highest potential by achieving your recovery goals and living your healthiest possible life. Our experts are compassionate and kind, and our highly customized treatment plans are a perfect fit for your specific needs. Please contact us whenever you’re ready to ask questions, or to reserve your place at our beautiful campus overlooking the San Francisco Bay.