New Mexico Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

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


New Mexico assessment and or evaluation for drug and alcohol addiction is done by different types of professionals. These professionals are trained to assess addicts and also guide them and their families towards the help they require. Typically, with most assessments, multiple people are working with the drug user, especially when they are taking part in treatment. Assessments often include questionnaires, physical exams, and self-assessments. The addiction assessment process is relatively straightforward, and there are often standardized questions. For example, the questions will explore what the current drug or alcohol use is, treatment history, health history, and examining their patterns of behavior connected to the addiction. Assessments are practical and help both the family and the drug user begin this treatment process.

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How much is too much to be considered an addict?

There are many degrees of what could be considered too much to be qualified as an addict, but if the drug or alcohol consumption is taking over, and every task is becoming impossible to complete; a person should look at help. Most people do not take advantage of addiction assessments to help them determine the severity of their problems but will give the person a good idea of how bad it is, and what they can do about it.

New Mexico Substance Abuse Statistics

According to the New Mexico Substance Use Epidemiology Profile, published in January of 2020. All of the ten leading causes of death in New Mexico are at least partially attributable to the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Over the past 30 years, the state of New Mexico has consistently had the highest alcohol-related death rates in the country. In 2010, for example, the economic cost of alcohol use was more than $2.2 billion. The death rates caused by alcohol use in the state increased with age. During 2017 the state of New Mexico had the 17th highest drug overdose death rate in the nation. Drug overdose death rates remained higher for men than women within the state between 2014 and 2018. Bernalillo County continued to bear the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in terms of the number of deaths.

Many of the drug-related overdose deaths in the state are connected to opioids, such as heroin, and pain medication. Unfortunately, many opiate addicts begin to take methadone as a solution to manage opiate addiction. However, the long-term use of methadone does cause dependence, addiction, and tolerance. Medical detox programs and medication-assisted treatment services in New Mexico are practical solutions to begin the treatment process. However, detox alone does not guarantee sobriety, and methadone users should receive counseling or therapy as part of treatment. However, this is not always the case, and some addicts choose to stop after detox. The risk of relapse and even overdose increases significantly.

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