Virginia Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Created On Friday, 24, October 2014
Modified On Monday, 18, October 2021


Finding the right drug rehabilitation program in Virginia is an essential step in the recovery process. Addiction assessment and evaluation services help you find a drug rehabilitation program that meets your treatment needs. Virginia continues to struggle with problems associated with synthetic opioids and drug-related overdose deaths. Substance use treatment programs in Virginia also provide an initial assessment to tailor drug rehabilitation to the needs of the individual attending the drug rehab center.

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.

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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 Treatment Episode Data Set, in 2019 heroin was the one drug responsible for the most drug treatment admissions with alcohol and marijuana following closely behind. Approximately 61% of the men in the state are seeking out drug treatment with the most common age group abusing drugs being between the ages of 26 and 30 years old. Another major challenge aside from long term alcohol abuse is binge drinking which can cause just as severe of challenges as extended abuse of drugs or alcohol. Addiction assessment is an effective process to find the best possible treatment for all types of addiction.

Below you can find a listing of different assessment/evaluation programs for drug and alcohol addiction in Virginia. 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 - Author

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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.