Nebraska Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Created On Friday, 24, October 2014
Modified On Friday, 17, September 2021


The first step many families and addicts take is receiving an addiction assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to determine the addiction and the extent of the problem. Nebraska assessment or evaluation for drug and alcohol addiction is done by different types of professionals. These professionals are trained to assess people for addictions. Typically, multiple people will evaluate the drug user and or provide help to the family. The process of an assessment is straightforward, and information such as current drug use, medical history, and patterns of behavior are gathered. Assessments are also beneficial to the family involved and help the family locate support, such as counseling.

When searching for treatment programs in Nebraska, it is a good idea to consider all the options. Detox is the step taken following assessment. However, detox alone does not sustain long-lasting recovery or sobriety. Following any type of withdrawal management, a drug user must attend either inpatient or outpatient drug treatment. The counseling and therapy required addresses the underlying issues connected to the addiction. Counseling is essential and does ensure the issues are resolved, and the recovering addict has the coping skills and abilities to maintain their sobriety.

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Will an addiction assessment help me get out of a tough situation?

Many people assume when they become caught up in some type of legal problem because of their addiction, that an addiction assessment or evaluation will assist them in getting out of this situation. This is not always true, because only individuals who are court-ordered to treatment will really fall within any type of situation like this.

Nebraska Substance Abuse Trends

According to the Nebraska Risk and Protective Factor Student Survey for 2018, lifetime alcohol use was the highest among 12th-grade students, with 62% having used alcohol. Approximately 34% of 12th-grade students are current alcohol users, and 15% are current binge drinkers. Unfortunately, binge alcohol use at a young age does lead to alcohol abuse during adult life. Many alcoholics began drinking heavily while in high school or college. Excessive alcohol use also leads to drug abuse, such as with prescription drugs or illicit street drugs. During 2018, close to 30% of 12th-grade students had used marijuana in their lifetime. Approximately 13.9% of 12th-grade students are current marijuana users, 5.3% have used LSD in their lifetime, and 2.5% had used cocaine. Additionally, 0.9% had used methamphetamine, and 0.4% had used heroin in their lifetime.

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



Marcel Gemme, DATS - Author

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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.