According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is a primary, chronic disease that, without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, is progressive and can result in disability or death. If you believe your patient may have a substance use disorder, it is important that the patient is assessed for the severity and specificity of the disorder and, if necessary, referred to the appropriate type of behavioral health provider.
Below are steps you can take to assist your patients on their path to recovery, including Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT):
- Screening – Use standardized screening tools to identify patients engaging in risky substance use.
- Brief Intervention – Engage your patient in a short conversation to increase insight and awareness about their substance use and motivation for behavioral change.
- Referrals to Treatment – There are resources available to assist you with linking your patients to specialty behavioral healthcare. When contacting Jurisdictional Coordinators or certified service providers, you may want to inquire about a full assessment for your patient to ensure they are placed in the appropriate level and type of care. See links following SBIRT information for how to access these providers.
For more information on the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment program click here.