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Created On Friday, 24, October 2014
Modified On Tuesday, 11, May 2021

Virginia Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction

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.

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.


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.