South Dakota Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

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


South Dakota assessment and or evaluation for drug and alcohol addiction is done by different professionals. These professionals are trained to assess people for addiction and offer potential solutions for treatment. The purpose of the assessment is to determine if there is an addiction, what the extent of the addiction, and what treatment is effective. Typically, multiple may conduct different assessments, especially within a treatment setting. The assessments are often questionnaires, physical exams, and self-assessment. The process is relatively straightforward and gathers treatment history, health history, patterns of behavior, symptoms, and the effects addiction has had on the drug users' life. The assessment also benefits the family and can provide guidance and direction for them also to receive counseling and help.

Locating treatment is essential, and there are various options available in the state. When searching for treatment in South Dakota, it is vital to consider therapy and counseling. Detox alone will not sustain long-lasting recovery and sobriety. However, following detox, if proper treatment is done, the drug user will overcome his or her drug problem and maintain this sobriety. The assessment process does determine what treatment methods are most effective and help both families and drug users.

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Is it best to get a professional drug abuse treatment evaluation?

Normally yes, this is the better practice, but on-line evaluations are a good place to start if someone is uneasy about speaking to another person about their drug or alcohol use. There may be costs involved with professional approaches, but the individual will have an opportunity to discover how real the problem is and will be referred to the appropriate drug rehabilitation or counseling options available to them.

Drug Abuse Statistics in South Dakota

According to a 2019 Community Health Status Report for South Dakota, tobacco use in the United States cost the healthcare system $168 billion; alcohol use cost $27 billion, the cost for illicit drugs came in at $11 billion, prescription pain medication abuse cost $26 billion. Within the Sioux Falls area, roughly 38% of the population was consuming an average of four-plus drinks per day. Approximately 50% of drinkers were men, and 31% were women. Also, 21% of alcohol drinkers binge drink two-plus times per week, and 14% binge drink one time per week. Among adolescents within the state, approximately 6.4% or, on average, 4,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 were using marijuana.

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