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Information on Assessments and Evaluations for Drug Treatment

The Purpose of an Addiction Assessment or Evaluation

This is a picture with the word assessment circledAn addiction assessment has many purposes, and they should be comprehensive and benefit the family and addict. A substance abuse evaluation builds an effective treatment plan, which is tailored to the individual needs of the addict and even the family. The assessment would explore the history of substance use and addiction treatment, if any, along with other factors contributing to the addiction. It is essential to give the drug-addicted individual the best possible chance at recovery.

Most drug users, before they begin a substance abuse treatment program, receive an addiction assessment or evaluation. The evaluation is a tool used to determine the extent of addiction and what treatment method or process is the best approach. A comprehensive substance abuse evaluation determines if a person has a drug or alcohol addiction. The evaluation would also assess the extent or level of addiction and determine if there are any co-occurring conditions, including any physical or mental health concerns or polydrug use. An addiction assessment would also assess how substance abuse affects the life of the addict while building a treatment plan for a drug users' needs and recovery.

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How to Determine When a Substance Abuse Assessment is Needed?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines drug addiction as a problem involving chronic relapsing characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences. Substance abuse affects a person physically and mentally, and it can be difficult to determine what treatment approaches are needed. Even after a person has stopped abusing drugs or alcohol, there can be lingering effects. During the initial addiction assessment, a counselor or addictions specialist would determine the extent of the problem and what rehabilitation is required. Much of the choice for rehabilitation depends on the reasons why a person began using drugs or alcohol.

There are countless reasons why addiction begins, and usually, it is to feel good. Drugs produce an intense feeling of pleasure, and initial euphoria is followed by other effects. However, the type of drug used does cause different effects and impacts the brain in unique ways. Drugs are generally c