Here at Avitity we understand that no two substance use issues are identical. For far too long, substance use disorders were rooted in black and white thinking. You were either an “alcoholic” or not. You were an “addict” or not. However, alcohol and drug problems are as diverse and complex as humans themselves. Following your assessment with one of our specialists, you will learn if you have a diagnosable substance use disorder, the severity, and when appropriate, the best treatment options available for your unique situation.
Our guiding philosophies are respect and collaboration:
A comprehensive chemical use assessment is a interview meant to determine if a diagnosible substance use disorder is present and the disorder's severity. Our assessors are experienced in determining if there is a problem, the extent of that problem, and when a problem exists - the most effective interventions.. Remember:
Avitity provides free research-based lectures on alcohol, drug, addiction, and addiction treatment to Universities and non-profit institutions.
An intervention is a professionally directed educational process involving an individual misusing alcohol or other drugs that results in a meeting with that individual, his or her family members and/or other concerned persons. The goal is to motivate the person in crisis to take part in medical treatment.
Evidenced-based cognitive drinking and driving education. Offering both level one (12-hour) and level two (24-hour) programs.
"Outstanding. My experience with Avitity was top-notch in every regard. I was treated with dignity and respect while going through a challenging phase of my life. Thank you!"
"Without question, Avitity is the best source for assessments. The assessor was unaffiliated with any one particular treatment center or treatment philosophy, which allowed neutral, objective recommendations and help getting setup to receive the best treatment available."
"I was impressed with the knowledge that the assessor possessed on addictive disorders and how to properly treat my disorder using treatments supported by scientific research."
Michael is a Harvard graduate who has led multiple research studies through the Harvard Psychology Department. He authored A Frenzied Mind: Clarifying the science behind addictive disorders. Michael is a licensed psychotherapist, MN state approved supervisor of alcohol & drug counselors (LADCs) & LADC interns, and expert in scientifically supported substance use disorder interventions.
Emily graduated with honors from Saint Cloud State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Community Psychology and Chemical Dependency. Emily is a licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and is currently attending graduate school at Saint Mary’s University to become a Clinical Social Worker. When not helping people, you will find Emily baking, trying new recipes or lounging in the sun.
Jackson graduated with high honors from Metropolitan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling & Masters of Science in Co-Occurring Disorders. Jackson is a licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and specializes in the harm reduction model. Jackson acquired practical experience working at both Hazelden & Nuway before joining the Avitity Health team.
Our clinical assistant Erin recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with honors and is interested in pursuing a master's degree in the areas of Behavioral or Developmental Psychology in the near future. She is an active runner, with aspirations of competing in a full marathon. She also enjoys traveling in her free time to gain new cultural experiences.