Rhode Island Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction


Rhode Island assessment and or evaluation for drug and alcohol addiction is done by professionals who are trained to assess people for addictions. Typically, multiple people may provide an assessment, such as within a treatment setting. The assessment process is relatively straight forward and does help both the addict and their family. During the assessment, information is gathered through questionnaires, physical exams, and self-assessment. The information collected includes treatment history, health history, patterns of behavior, symptoms, and the effect the addiction has had. The purpose of the assessment is to determine if there is an addiction, what the extent of it is and what treatment will help. Typically these are open-ended questions with face-to-face interviews, which leads to providing the proper treatment advice.

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When searching for treatment options within Rhode Island, it is essential to begin with an assessment and/or detox. The next step is either outpatient or inpatient drug treatment, which must be done to manage underlying issues and the reasons why the addiction started. There are many different therapy methodologies provided within private or state-operated treatment centers. The assessment process does help determine what treatment method is the most effective.

Will my doctor or counselor create a treatment plan for me?

Yes, a doctor or a counselor will assist in creating a treatment plan for the patient, and this can include various options, which is determined by the outcome of the initial assessment. For example, a treatment plan may include drug detox, therapy, counseling, or rehabilitation, and aftercare treatment or therapy.

Rhode Island Substance Abuse Statistics

According to a 2015 State Epidemiological Profile, the use of illicit drugs and marijuana was still a primary concern at that time. The concern was expressed by Rhode Island residents of all age groups. As of 2020, drug abuse or dependence remains a concern across all age groups. There was also a particular concern among adults aged 26 and older who needed treatment but were not receiving treatment. Between 2012 and 2014, substance abuse admissions for heroin increased significantly. When compared to the national rates, adults aged 18 to 25 had a higher unmet need for treatment. Drug-related overdose deaths were also a primary concern among Rhode Island residents. At the time of this report, the state had higher rates of substance use for any illicit drug, when compared to the national rates.


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

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on September 17, 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.