Washington Assessments/Evaluations for Drug & Alcohol Addiction


The purpose of assessment is to determine whether an addiction is present and what the extent of the addiction is. Addiction assessments benefit both families, and drug users help narrow the search. Also, when an addict has entered treatment, an assessment is done, usually by multiple people, to determine the course of his or her treatment. Different types of professionals are trained to assess people for addiction. The addiction assessment is relatively straightforward and gathers different information. Some of the data it collects includes information about current drug and alcohol use, treatment history, health history, and patterns of behavior. Also, the assessment does look at how addiction has affected your life.

Washington's assessment and or evaluation for drug and alcohol addiction provides practical solutions to help drug users locate suitable treatment options. No one treatment approach is effective for every person. Effective drug rehabilitation treats not only drug use but also psychological issues and helps with legal problems and even vocational matters. When searching for drug treatment in Washington, it is a good idea to have an assessment if the family is unsure of where to start. 

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Do people typically only have an evaluation done when they get a DUI?

When a person is charged and/or convicted of a DUI, the court may order an addiction assessment/evaluation as part of the court process. If out of this assessment, it is determined that the person is suffering from a substance abuse disorder, the courts may order them to attend some type of therapy or substance abuse rehabilitation.

Substance Abuse Statistics in Washington

Substance abuse and addiction impact every part of the state, especially in one of its largest counties. According to a 2018 Drug Trends Report for King County released by the University of Washington, the number of drug-related deaths reached a new high in 2018, with 415 deaths. Methamphetamine indicators were also at high levels with overdoses continuing to increase and totaled 163 in 2018. When compared to 2011, this was a significant jump from 22 deaths. Other drugs such as illegal opioids and heroin and non-pharmaceutical grade fentanyl have had a considerable impact. The same report by the University of Washington as mentioned earlier states that in 2018 there were 277 overdose deaths involving at least one opioid. The level of cocaine abuse in the county remains the same, and cocaine is a widely available drug among young adults. Any type of drug or alcohol addiction requires treatment. However, it is essential to find the best form of rehabilitation for your addiction.


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

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on December 21, 2021

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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.