Louisiana Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

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Assessments done on treatment options in the state at this time indicated that low access is largely driven by the limited number of providers across the state. However, when searching for treatment, one of the first steps is an assessment or evaluation for drug and alcohol addiction. Many professionals working in Louisiana provide addiction assessment or evaluation. The purpose of the assessment is to determine if there is an addiction, the extent of the drug problem, and what method of treatment is needed. For example, those drug users struggling with opioid addiction can access withdrawal management or a medication-assisted treatment option.

There are inpatient and outpatient drug rehab programs, and before beginning one of these services, the patient is assessed. These assessments are done to ensure the patient receives the proper care, and it is vital to know the drug history along with other underlying issues connected to the addiction. If a family or addict is unsure of what step to take, an assessment is usually a good first step.

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What tools are used to help screen for addictions?

There are some very common questionnaires used by industry professionals to help screen for addiction or drug dependency problems. Each state and federally operated organization, as well as the private sector, will utilize a different approach when screening for substance abuse disorders. There are nationally recognized tests and questionnaires given, but each one is simply a list of questions asked, which gathers the necessary information.

According to a Substance Use Treatment Policy Recommendations for the State of Louisiana, between 2014 and 2017, the number of fatal and non-fatal opioid-related overdoses and opioid-related hospital visits continued to rise within the state. The southeastern parishes of Jefferson, St. Tammany, Orleans, Washington, and East Baton Rouge had the highest number of opioid-related deaths in 2017. However, the northern parishes like Caddo and Ouachita ranked at the top for the amount of fatal and non-fatal deaths. Between 2013 and 2015, emergency department visits due to suspected opioid overdose increased by 33%. Also, between 2013 and 2016, there was a 53% increase in the number of opioid-related emergency department visits. Per this report, many of the treatment resources in the state have been unable to keep pace with the number of people requiring help. In 2017, roughly only 5% of people who needed help received treatment.

LIST OF ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION PROGRAM IN LOUISIANA

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

Marcel Gemme, DATS

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on December 21, 2021

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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.