District Of Columbia Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

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


The purpose of the assessment is to determine what treatment approach is the most effective. Whether it is a private or federally operated drug rehabilitation approach, there is a treatment solution in DC that will help. Once an assessment is complete, the next step is detox, followed by counseling, and aftercare support. Solving drug or alcohol addiction is not a quick solution, and it takes time with proper substance abuse treatment.

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Do drug rehab centers provide addiction assessments?

When a family or an addict calls into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, the intake counselor will have to go through an initial evaluation with them. This is to ensure they are qualified to attend the program they are contacting, but also to gather necessary data, in which to help them find a suitable drug rehab program if needed. Assessments are important tools used and can help in the rehabilitation process, as it does assist in locating the right program.

Drug & Alcohol Misuse Statistics and Facts in DC

Per the Washington DC Strategic Plan to Reduce Opioid Use, Misuse, and Related Deaths, the actions that were taken by the LiveLongDC program has reversed more than 1000 overdoses through Naloxone, increased the capacity of medication-assisted treatment and other treatment programs. Additionally, the program has been able to revise public education campaigns and educate young people on the dangers of misusing pain medication. The number of overdose deaths hit a peak in 2017 with 279 total but has since trended downwards. Between 2014 and 2016, there was a 178% increase in fatal overdoses due to opioids. Approximately 80% of all overdoses due to opioids occurred among adults aged 40 to 69 and were also prevalent among those aged 50 to 59.

There are many addicts who received addiction assessments but were not able to access the treatment they needed for a variety of reasons. Once an assessment is done, it is essential to make the transition to a drug rehab program, beginning with detox. However, this is not always the case, and many adult addicts return to regular drug use without receiving help. Roughly 89% of the opioid users in DC are over the age of 40, and 58% are aged 50 and over. Addicts within this age group do not always reach out for help without some form of intervention. Many addicts are on their own and do not have the assistance to find help. Within Washington DC are various treatment resources with professionals providing assessments.

Below you can find a listing of different assessment/evaluation programs for drug and alcohol addiction in D.C. 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.