The purpose of an assessment is to determine whether there is an addiction and what the extent of the problem is. Virginia assessment and or evaluation for drug and alcohol addiction is a practical solution for both drug users and their families. Addiction assessment does narrow down treatment options for the family to consider. Additionally, through the information collected, the best treatment option is chosen to meet the needs of the drug user. No one treatment program is effective for every person. Drug and alcohol addiction creates different underlying issues for each person. Specific counseling and or therapy is often required to ensure the drug addiction is effectively treated.
The addiction assessment process is relatively straight forward and is done by one person or multiple people. For example, when a drug user enters treatment, numerous professionals will often conduct the assessment before therapy begin. Some of the information collected includes current drug or alcohol use, treatment history, health history, patterns of behavior, and the effects the addiction has had on the person’s life.
What should I expect at a drug or alcohol abuse evaluation?
At a professional drug or alcohol evaluation, a person should expect to answer a series of questions, go through their drug history, their medical history, and even family and social history. The more information a clinician can gather, the easier it will be for them to refer to the proper form of counseling, therapy, or formal rehabilitation.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Trends in Virginia
Across the state of Virginia, substance abuse impacts families in every community. According to the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services per the Biennial Report on Substance Abuse Services, alcohol is the most used and most abused drug in the nation and the state. Approximately 52% of the U.S. population older than 12 years used alcohol in the month before the state survey. Within the state of Virginia, the rate of alcohol use was 55%, which was slightly higher than the national average. About half of those who used alcohol engaged in binge drinking in the month before the survey. The rate of binge drinking within the state of Virginia was 21% and was lower than the national average. Close to six percent of the population in Virginia needed treatment for drug or alcohol addiction but did not receive it. Also, close to eight percent of the population in the state had used an illicit drug in the past month at the time of this survey. Addiction assessment is an effective process to find the best possible treatment for all types of addiction.