Screening and Brief Intervention


Substance Use Screening and Assessment Instruments Database

A searchable database developed and maintained by the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute Library to assist treatment providers and researchers in finding appropriate instruments.

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention curriculum

A free web-based training curriculum geared toward generalist clinicians and developed by the Boston Medical Center.

Motivational Interviewing
Motivational Interviewing ATTC

The Mid-Atlantic Addiction Technology Transfer Center maintains a Web site of resources on motivational interviewing (MI). The Web site contains MI information, including background information, applications for special populations such as criminal justice clients and medical patients, and the practice of MI in groups. The resource library includes bibliographies, articles and abstracts, treatment manuals, and a calendar of training events. The Web site also offers courses in MI.


Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment

NIDA’s guide based on results of an extensive body of research and designed to foster more widespread use of scientifically based treatment components.

Alcohol Alert No. 65, April 2005

This Alcohol Alert from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism focuses on the use of routine alcohol screening in a variety of medical settings.

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students

Also available from the NPRC library

A preventive intervention for college students 18 to 24 years old. It is aimed at students who drink alcohol heavily and have experienced or are at risk for alcohol-related problems such as poor class attendance, missed assignments, accidents, sexual assault, and violence.

TIP 34: Brief Interventions and Brief Therapies for Substance Abuse

This TIP responds to an increasing body of research literature that documents the effectiveness of brief interventions and therapies in both the mental health and substance abuse treatment fields. The TIP will also be useful for health care workers, social services providers who work outside the substance abuse treatment field, people in the criminal justice system, and anyone else who may be called on to intervene with a person who has substance abuse problems.

Brief Intervention for Hazardous and Harmful Drinking: A Manual for Use in Primary Care

This manual was written by Thomas F. Babor and John C. Higgins-Biddle to help primary care workers and others deal with persons whose alcohol consumption has become hazardous or harmful to their health. It links scientific research to clinical practice by describing how to conduct brief interventions for patients with alcohol use disorders and those at risk of developing them.

Brief Counseling for Marijuana Dependence: A Manual for Treating Adults

This manual, based on research protocol from the Marijuana Treatment Project, provides guidelines for counselors, social workers, and psychologists in both public and private settings. Ten weekly one-on-one sessions offer examples of how counselors can help clients understand certain topics, keep their determination to change, learn new skills, and access needed community supports.

A Cognitive Behavioral Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction

Developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this manual describes cognitive-behavioral coping skills treatment (CBT), a short-term, focused approach to helping cocaine-dependent individuals become abstinent from cocaine and other substances.

NIDA InfoFacts: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction

This fact sheet provides research findings on effective treatment approaches for drug abuse and addiction.

Behavioral and Psychosocial Treatments for Drug Abuse

This fact sheet from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence explains the major behavioral and psychosocial treatments used with opium abusers, cocaine abusers, and persons addicted to nicotine via tobacco products.

Screening and Brief Intervention for Unhealthy alcohol use: A Step-by-Step Implementation Guide for Trauma Centers

This Guide is intended to help Level I and II Trauma Centers implement the new Committee on Trauma (COT) alcohol-screening and brief intervention requirements.

TIP 16: Alcohol and Other Drug Screening of Hospitalized Trauma Patients

The TIP recommends alcohol and drug screening (blood and urine) of injured patients ages 14 and older at hospital admission. A comprehensive substance abuse assessment is outlined, and some brief intervention techniques are described.

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test: Guidelines for Use in Primary Care

This manual introduces the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) and describes how to use it to identify persons with hazardous and harmful patterns of alcohol consumption.

The Change Book: A Blueprint for Technology Transfer

Designed for administrators, staff, educators, and policy makers, The Change Book provides an overview of integrating best practices into systems. An accompanying workbook provides a step-by-step guide.

Major Depression in Adults in Primary Care

Guideline to aid in the detection and treatment of depression in the primary care setting.

Evidence-Based Practices: Shaping Mental Health Services Toward Recovery

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) provide Evidence-Based Practice KITs (Knowledge Informing Transformation) to promote the use of evidence-based practices in mental health. The KITs were developed as one of several SAMHSA/CMHS activities critical to its science-to-services strategy.

SAHMSA Evidence-Based Practices KITs

SAHMSA New Evidence-Based Practices KITs

Assertive Community Treatment: Building Your Program

Assertive Community Treatment: The Evidence

Assertive Community Treatment: How to Use

Assertive Community Treatment: Getting Started