Vermont Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Created On Friday, 24, October 2014
Modified On Sunday, 05, September 2021

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Vermont assessment and or evaluation for drug and alcohol addiction is a practical solution to help drug users and even their families. The purpose of the assessment is to determine whether an addiction is present and what the extent of the addiction is. Also, assessments decide which treatment methods are the most effective. Professionals are trained to assess addiction aid in developing a treatment plan. Different types of professionals are trained to evaluate people for addiction. Before someone enters a drug treatment program, they would go through an assessment that will evaluate the treatment needs of the patient. The entirety of the assessment process is relatively straightforward and gathers various information. For example, some of the information collected involves the current drug and alcohol use, treatment history, health history, and patterns of behavior.

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Families searching for substance abuse treatment in Vermont want to ensure their loved one receives the proper help. Drug and alcohol addiction become a devastating problem for an addict if they do not get the help they need. Any addiction assessment or evaluation does narrow down the search and makes it easier to access the services required. No one treatment is effective for every person. Effective treatment not only treats drug use but also addresses underlying issues. Additionally, the treatment would also help with legal problems, family counseling, or even vocational matters. 

What if my problem is drug dependency and not an addiction?

A drug and alcohol assessment can still assist, but in this case, if the problem is a drug dependency; the professional assessment can help with locating suitable resources, which will help with detox and withdrawal. In many situations, dependency and addiction go together, as drugs such as heroin and pain medications will cause dependency and mental addiction to the drug.

Substance Abuse Trends in Vermont

According to the Vermont Department of Health, alcohol is the most widely used substance. At the time of this report, approximately 62% of Vermont residents aged 12 and older used alcohol more than any other drug in the past month. Also, about 19% of Vermont residents used marijuana in the past month, while 4% had used pain medication, and 0.7% had used heroin. Per the Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 2019, which was cited in this report, 57% of high school students who drank alcohol in the past month, binge drank. People searching for treatment often come across many barriers. For example, many addicts are not ready to stop using drugs, and others have not health care coverage and could not afford treatment. Approximately 21% of survey respondents did not know where to go for treatment, and 16% felt rehabilitation would have a negative effect on their job.

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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.