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Created On Friday, 24, October 2014
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California Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

When looking for a place to receive a drug and or alcohol addiction assessment and evaluation, the state of California has numerous options to choose from located all throughout the state. These assessments can be quite important as it will help narrow down the right kind of treatment needed.

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What is a professional addiction assessment?

A qualified addiction assessment is done with an addiction counselor or any type of therapist. The individual will sit down with the counselor, who will ask a series of questions and go through their history of drug and/or alcohol abuse. Gathering all this information will assist in helping the person determine if there is a problem, what are the best drug treatment options available throughout the state of California.

Why is addiction assessment important?

Since each person is different, it becomes obvious that a single course of treatment for addiction would not suit everyone. For example, if you are addicted to an opioid prescription drug and have been for a long time, this may require a specific kind of detox before anything else. This might not be the case for other drugs. Choosing the right kind of treatment is a crucial step to full recovery.

The people who evaluate alcoholics or drug addicts are professionals who understand addiction and how to treat it. They can refer you to an addiction treatment program that will suit your needs.

California Drug Addiction Assessment & Rehabilitation Facts and Statistics

Substance abuse assessment does cover many aspects of addiction, which includes reaching out to the communities and offering services. On a national level, the outreach to persons in the community who may need treatment was provided by 60% of facilities. This included around 55% of private for-profit facilities and 84% of tribal government-operated facilities. Physicians can also do assessments for substance abuse, and in California, there are 700 of the nearly 140,000 physicians who hold a California license maintain an addiction specialty certification. According to the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), 446 are American Board of Addiction Medicine Certified.

Court-ordered substance abuse evaluations are also typical within the California drug courts. When someone is arrested for a DUI, for example, the court will likely require the offender to undergo a substance abuse evaluation at some point during the criminal proceedings. The substance abuse evaluation impacts how a judge sentences an offender and can sometimes reduce, eliminate, or increase penalties that would otherwise be imposed. Some of the outcomes of a substance abuse evaluation will result in peer support group meetings, substance abuse education or counseling, random drug testing, outpatient treatment, inpatient treatment, or individual or group counseling.


Marcel Gemme, DATS - Author

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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