Hawaii Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Created On Friday, 24, October 2014
Modified On Monday, 06, September 2021


The first step taken is often with an assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to determine whether an addiction is present and what the extent of the addiction is. Additionally, the assessment will determine what methods of rehabilitation are adequate for the addict. There are different treatment approaches provided in Hawaii, and these programs include both inpatient and outpatient resources. Professional assessments are an excellent tool to use, and experts are working within the addiction field who can help with these services.

Is an addiction assessment considered therapy?

An addiction assessment is not considered therapy or counseling; it is simply another tool used to assist people in finding suitable drug rehabilitation. Counselors and therapists who provide assessments will most certainly provide the help and counseling required to guide the person in the right direction for treatment. However, for professional counseling, addicts and their families should seek out the necessary resources, which is what an addiction assessment will help them locate.

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Hawaii Drug Abuse Statistics

According to a 2018 Hawaii State Epidemiologic Profile, the youth rates of substance abuse remained stable between 2011 and 2017. In 2017 the most frequently used and reported drug was marijuana, followed by prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription. Among drug users in Hawaii, heroin was the least commonly used drug. Women in Hawaii had lower rates of drug use than men, and more men reported using injection drugs between 2012 and 2017. During that time, women had reported lower rates of injection drug use. However, native Hawaiians had the highest rates for majority substance use indicators. Adults aged 18 to 25 reported significantly higher rates of use for all substances recorded within the report. However, adults aged 18 to 25 reported lower perceptions of risk from marijuana use.

Between 2015 and 2016, the use of marijuana was the highest among those aged 18 to 25 at 18% of this age group. Additionally, roughly 6% of those aged 26 and older were using marijuana. Young adults in the state aged 18 to 25 reported higher rates of using marijuana, cocaine, and pain medication in the past month. Older adults in the state perceived higher risk of harm from these drugs than adults age 18 to 25. However, in 2015, 87% of adults in the state were not prescribed pain medication. Most adults aged 18 and older reported taking prescription pain medication for a duration of one to seven days or eight days to one year. Unfortunately, within Hawaii, substance abuse and addiction impact all age groups, but there are treatment resources to help.

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