Georgia Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Created On Friday, 24, October 2014
Modified On Thursday, 14, October 2021


Finding the proper drug rehabilitation is essential. Addiction assessment and evaluation in Georgia provides services to help you find a drug rehab program that meets your treatment needs. Qualified professionals with will guide you through the process of locating an assessment service to find a drug rehab program in Georgia. Whether you live in Atlanta, Columbus, Augusta-Richmond County, or anywhere else in the state, an assessment will help you find drug rehab.

The first step towards ending a substance abuse problem is an addiction assessment, and many professionals in the state can perform this assessment. The purpose of the assessment process is to determine what methods of treatment are the most effective. For example, every person struggling with addiction deals with different underlying issues. The counseling process is vital and treats these issues including the reasons why someone begins to abuse drugs or alcohol in the first place. Substance abuse assessment occurs before detox or any form of counseling or therapy.

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Is a medical assessment the same as an addiction assessment?

A medical assessment is similar to an addiction assessment, but it does put more focus on the physical health of the person, and assisting in determining how qualified they may be for certain forms of drug rehabilitation. Some of the more serious medical conditions may not permit a person to attend particular types of rehabilitation, and this is why an assessment is necessary to help a patient find suitable drug rehabilitation.

Georgia Specific Drug Abuse Statistics

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2018, there were 866 opioid-related drug overdose deaths reported in Georgia. This number includes heroin related deaths which totaled 299 deaths as well as prescription opioid deaths which totaled 440 fatalities. The NIDA goes on to report that in 2018 the state reported 63.2 opioid prescriptions per 100,000 persons which is significantly larger than the national average of 51.4 opioid prescriptions per 100,000. Prescription opioids and heroin problems in the state continue to be problematic. At the time, opioids remain the leading cause of drug deaths in the state making up 60 percent of all drug fatalities. Between 1999 and 2013, the number of overdose deaths nearly tripled in the state.

Prescription opioid overdose deaths in the state also increased during that same time. As per a Georgia Treatment Episode Data Set on the 2017 drug treatment admissions in the state, alcohol with another substance abuse accounted for the largest percentage of drug treatment admissions totaling 20.4 percent of admissions. Alcohol, marijuana and amphetamines are responsible for large numbers of drug treatment admissions as well. Countless addicts who begin using pain medication eventually lead to heroin. Heroin is much cheaper and easier to obtain than prescription pain medication. The high overdose rates in the state were seen within rural areas with limited access to substance use treatment and or medication-assisted treatment. It is vital that a drug rehab program is utilized to end the substance abuse problem. 

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