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This brief screening tool for alcohol, and other drugs consists of frequency of alcohol and drug use questions to identify risky substance use by adult patients.
What is a Substance Use Disorder?
A substance use disorder (SUD) is the persistent use of drugs (including alcohol) despite adverse consequences or substantial harm.
A substance use disorder causes an intense focus on using a certain substance(s) such as alcohol, prescription drugs, or illicit drugs, to the point where the ability to function in life becomes impaired.
What is Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse is the medical term that is used to describe a pattern of using a substance (drug) that causes significant problems or distress.
Missing work or school, using the substance in dangerous situations, such as driving a car, are examples of negative consequences.
Substance abuse may lead to substance-related legal problems, or continued substance use that interferes with friendships, family relationships, or both.
Drug Abuse Screening Test:
Below are some typical questions that can be used as a screening tool to see if you might need a brief intervention or treatment from drug and alcohol consumption. As screening tools only, these simple screening questions will give you insight into the severity of your dependence.
Although screening is just a way to assess and measure severity, it does not take the place of assessment tools healthcare providers will give patients if they enter treatment.
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This is just a screening tool for patients. Self-administered questionnaires are not accurate for determining whether you have a substance use disorder. Screening tools and procedures in evaluating risk are discussed in depth with our clinicians and staff.
Further evaluation with a drug abuse screening test is necessary to determine the extent of your drug or alcohol use.
Turning Point of Tampa offers treatment for addiction and eating disorders. Our patients come from all over Florida and throughout the United States.
Brief interventions occur when someone has the awareness that their health is compromised by their addiction. Clinicians, doctors, and nurses many times are the ones to deliver a screen positive result or do a health assessment that leads to a referral to treatment.
A health assessment defers from an alcohol and drug assessment. When someone is assessed for substance abuse, they must learn about the details of use such as what is being ingested, the way of use: drinking, snorting, smoking, or intravenously.
How long someone has been using is also very important. Age of first use and the current frequency will help measure the level of care a person requires.
Withdrawal symptoms cannot be assessed by online screening tools. Drug and alcohol use have screening questions designed to guide someone questioning if they have a problem that requires treatment.
Patients tend to measure or diagnose themselves easily if they have had a prior treatment experience.
The severity of substance abuse effects families all over the world. The clinicians at Turning Point of Tampa are well educated and skilled in addressing addiction and how drug and alcohol use effects families.