Addiction (to alcohol or other drugs) is a primary, chronic illness. Genetic, psychosocial and environmental factors influence how it develops and manifests itself. This disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by continuous or periodic:
· Impaired control over one’s chemical use
· Preoccupation with alcohol or other drugs
· Use despite adverse consequences
· and Distortions in thinking, most notably denial.
Alcohol or other drug addiction may begin with a personal choice to use these substances. However, research shows that, for many, a physiological dependence soon takes hold. Drug dependence produces significant and lasting changes in brain chemistry and function. These drug-induced changes in brain function may have behavioral consequences, including the defining characteristic of addiction: compulsion to use alcohol or other drugs despite adverse consequences.
In order to assess if a person is chemical dependent a Comprehensive Chemical Health Assessments or Rule 25’s are completed. The state of Minnesota developed an assessment tool which is a standardized and implemented in July 2008. A Chemical Health Assessment refers to the actual service of providing a comprehensive chemical use assessment. The assessment can take approximately 1 to 2 hours and is administered by a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor or other clinician with a background in Chemical Health.
Upon completion of the Assessment, recommendations will be made by the assessor and submitted to the client and anyone the client would like us to sent the report to.