Iowa Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Created On Friday, 24, October 2014
Modified On Friday, 15, October 2021


Illicit street drugs and opioids continue to impact communities across Iowa. Addiction assessment and evaluation in Iowa help you find a drug rehabilitation program or drug detox program to treat your drug addiction. Addiction professionals with will help you find effective substance use treatment with the help of evaluation or assessment in Iowa. Opioid addiction, for example, requires medical detox and inpatient drug rehab is the most effective treatment option.

Before attending treatment, the average drug-user will receive an addiction assessment. The assessment process determines what the addiction is, the extent of the addiction, and what treatment is needed. There are numerous assessment professionals in Iowa who are qualified to help families and drug-users locate the best possible help. When choosing drug treatment, it is essential to begin with detox, once the assessment has determined what form of detox is required. However, detox alone does not sustain long-lasting recovery and or sobriety from drugs or alcohol. The risk of relapse and even overdose increases if a drug user chooses only to attend detox and not follow through with any counseling or therapy.

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Once a proper drug detoxification is completed, an individual will then be ready to receive treatment for the other challenges that were dealt with during the addiction aside from the physical aspect. This may include many different mental or emotional challenges which are best handled under the care of a drug rehabiliation program. Many long term drug treatment centers offer extensive counseling to ensure these challenges are handled completely and the drug user can end the addiction for good. 

Are addiction assessments kept private and confidential?

Yes, an addiction assessment or evaluation is kept personal and confidential, and the results are only used to help an addict find suitable treatment options. This is a very similar operating procedure to how a drug rehabilitation program maintains its clients' confidentiality. Information given on websites or to therapists and counselors is kept private and confidential, and from further details, a person should speak the program administrators first.

Iowa Drug Use and Abuse Statistics

According to Iowa’s Evolving Drug Trends and Public Safety Implications Report, the state ranks sixth in the nation for binge alcohol use. It has the eighth-highest rate of treatment for methamphetamine addiction. Per the youth substance abuse trends in Iowa, approximately 10% of 6th, 8th, and 11th-grade students had used alcohol in the past 30 days. Additionally, another 10% had used other drugs in the past 30 days. Unfortunately, many teens are polydrug users, which means they are combining alcohol with other drugs or mixing more than one drug at one time. The most common drug of abuse in the state is alcohol, with 43% of residents using it. Approximately 25% of residents in Iowa had used marijuana, followed by 21% who were using methamphetamine.

The report goes to to say that in 2018 roughly 1.5% of Iowa drug users were using cocaine, 2.8% had used heroin, and 6.4% had used other drugs. Within the state are trends of drugged and impaired driving, leading to death. Drugged driving in the state surpassed drunken driving among drivers killed in crashes. Many of the drugged driving fatalities are linked to marijuana and prescription pain medication. Within the United States, drug-impaired fatal crashes outnumbered alcohol-impaired fatalities. In 2016, marijuana was the most cited drug detected in deadly crashes in 51% of the cases in Iowa. Some addicts in the state are facing DUI charges because of their addiction.

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