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Created On Friday, 24, October 2014
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Minnesota Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Substance abuse and addiction impact everyone differently. Many addicts and their families receive an assessment to determine the extent of the addiction. Minnesota assessment and or evaluation for drug and alcohol addiction is done to help. Professionals trained to diagnose addiction typically conduct alcohol and drug abuse assessments. The assessments and or evaluations for drug and alcohol addiction in Minnesota are done by these professionals. Before starting the detox, an assessment is beneficial as it may help the addict know if they require medical detox or a traditional detox approach. Additionally, assessments map out the treatment approach from detox to rehabilitation and even aftercare treatment. All the information that is provided by the drug user is kept confidential and only used to assist in the treatment process.

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Are addiction assessments only for people who consume alcohol?

No, an addiction assessment can be tailored for anyone who wishes to take one, and screen for any type of substance abuse disorder. There are hundreds of various questionnaires, and screening tests conducted by industry professionals, which help people see if there is an addiction looming, or if they need to address their drug or alcohol consumption.

Different types of professionals are trained to assess people for addiction. When you begin to search for substance abuse treatment in Minnesota, the assessment is usually an excellent place to start. Within the state of Minnesota, about 6.9% of the adult population needed some type of substance use disorder treatment. Roughly 5.7% of adults in the state required treatment for alcohol addiction, and 2.1% needed treatment for drug addiction. Overall within the state, only 7.4% of those with substance use disorders received treatment within the past year. Twice as many of those with a drug addiction problem received treatment than those who had an alcohol addiction. Approximately nine out of ten adults with a drug or alcohol addiction did not receive any treatment in the past year.

According to the Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Minnesota report published in 2016, roughly 5.5% of adults in Minnesota met the criteria for having an alcohol use disorder. Approximately 10% of those aged 18 to 20 met the criteria, and 13% of those 20 to 24 also met the criteria for an alcohol use disorder. Men within the state are more likely to misuse alcohol than women. College students also had a higher proportion of abusing alcohol. Additionally, about 2% of Minnesota residents met the criteria for a drug use disorder. The demographics of those who were abusing drugs were similar to those who were misusing alcohol. The prevalence of drug use was higher among men and young adults.


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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.