Alaska Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Created On Friday, 24, October 2014
Modified On Friday, 17, September 2021


In 2015, the prevalence of lifetime use and current use was higher among male high school students than female high school students for all categories of illicit drugs. When searching for drug treatment programs in Alaska, an assessment is often done to determine the severity of the addiction. For example, the drug abuse history of the addict is gathered before detox, along with knowing underlying medical or psychological problems. Assessments are crucial to determine what treatment approaches are the most effective. There is a variety of counseling and therapy techniques offered within the treatment resources in the state.

Will a self-assessment determine if I am an addict?

The purpose of a self-assessment is for an individual to determine if addiction or drug and/or alcohol problem is present. Most drug treatment programs provide some type of on-line questionnaire where anyone can go through the questions to get an idea if there are any issues with drugs or alcohol.

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Drug Use Statistics in Alaska

According to a State of Alaska Epidemiologic Profile on Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependency, nine of the ten leading causes of death in the state are associated with substance abuse. Premature death is caused by chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, homicide, suicide, and unintentional injury are linked to substance abuse. Unintentional injury, for example, was the third leading cause of death in the state. Between 2012 and 2016, men were two times more likely than women to die from unintentional injury in Alaska. Alcohol consumption in Alaska was higher than the national average. For example, between 2010 and 2015, spirits were consumed at a higher rate than beer and wine and at a rate of 1.5 times higher than the national average in 2015.

In 2015, roughly 13% of female high school students and 16% of male students reported taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription. The regions in Alaska with the highest rates of drug-induced death in the state were Anchorage, Mat-Su, Juneau, and Kenai Peninsula. Within the state, the rate of drug-induced death was five times greater for residents aged 14 to 64. Alaska Native and American Indian females aged 25 to 64 experienced the highest rate of drug-induced mortality of any group in the state. The illicit drugs defined in the state are cocaine, marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, inhalants, hallucinogens, ecstasy, prescription stimulants, sedatives tranquilizers, and pain medication.

Below you can find a listing of different assessment/evaluation programs for drug and alcohol addiction in Alaska. The list can be incomplete so if you do not find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.



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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.