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Who is Qualified to Assess My Addiction?

Who is Qualified to Assess the Seriousness of My Addiction

While no addiction is necessarily acceptable, there can be varying degrees of extent.  There can be those who only binge on the weekends or those who rarely have a moment that they are not under the influence.  So it raises the question of how to know the extent and seriousness of a person’s addiction.  This is where a proper assessment and evaluation of an addiction comes into play.  A thorough assessment or evaluation can help a person to understand their addiction, as well as know what kind of treatment or program will be the most beneficial for them.

How Assessment is Done

There can be different approaches to assessment.  It is often used when a struggling addict is seeking help, or their family is seeking help for them.  The general reason for an assessment is to obtain a professional opinion or recommendation in regard to the person’s situation.  While many assessments are done in person with the presence of a professional, this is not always the case.  There are some treatment centers or addiction websites that offer assessments through the completion of an online questionnaire, and this can help to find answers or an idea of what to do next.  Family can also see a professional without the addict to explain the situation to them and receive a general assessment.  This can be a good option when the addict refuses help or does not feel like they need it.  Addiction assessments are also often done at treatment facilities.

There are several professionals who can properly assess or evaluate an addiction.  It can be done by medical professionals, general practitioners, addictionologists, social workers, counselors, therapists, or psychologists.  It is generally best practice to see a professional who has experience and knowledge working in the field of addiction.  While many medical professionals can have general education about addiction, it can be invaluable to see someone who has experience working with addicts.

It is important to keep in mind that an assessment is simply a beginning step that can be taken toward getting the person help.  While it can potentially help a person to realize how bad their addiction has gotten, or help them to decide to seek help, the assessment does nothing in itself to treat the person’s addiction.  It can help to answer questions, and narrow in on what kind of treatment the person should attend.  There are several different types of treatment of varying levels, and an assessment can help to advise which one should be attended.  An assessment gives a professional the needed data to provide a series of best recommendations for the person.

Are You or Your Loved One Struggling With an Addiction?

Addiction can be a very despairing condition to be struggling with or to observe your loved one struggling with it.  While addiction can be dismaying, the reality is that it can be overcome, and help is available.  Here at Best Drug Rehabilitation, we give each person a thorough assessment of their addiction and then tailor a program specific to them and their needs.  This allows our treatment program to be able to address all aspects of their addiction.  There can be many different things underneath the surface of addiction that need to be addressed as well for the person to be able to achieve lifelong sobriety.  Give us a call today, and let us help you or your loved one overcome addiction.

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