The drug assessments
described below are based on current models and frameworks of drug use. While schedules,
screening tools and checklists may help guide staff, professional judgment based on
experience and clinical knowledge will also be required.
The term "drug" is used to describe all drugs including alcohol,
prescription drugs and illegal drugs.
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Drug Assessment Interview Schedule
Checklist for Parental Drug Use
Severity of Dependence
Screening Instrument (SDS)
Alcohol & Drug Problem & Dependency Screening Instruments
Treatment Assessment Instruments
Intervention Using the GROW Coaching Method
Community Drug Management Action
Assessment Interview Schedule
Drug Assessment Proforma
Drug Management Case Plan
Psycho-Social Drug Assessment
Risk Assessment Checklist for Parental Drug Use
Severity of Dependence Screening Instrument (SDS)
AUDIT Screening Instrument
Alcohol & Drug Problem & Dependency Screening Instrument (USA & UK)
Alcohol Treatment Assessment Instruments(USA)
Assessment as Intervention Using the GROW Coaching Method
Community Drug Assessment
Community Drug Management Action Planning
Assessment tool or guideline and description
|-Drug Assessment Interview Schedule-
Provides a brief (initial) drug assessment as well as a more comprehensive
assessment. Contains a schedule of well ordered questions and occasional comments.
|Useful for initial and longer drug
assessments, particularly where drug use is a primary feature. Can also be used as a
checklist of drug-related domains. Not to be used as an interrogation tool.
-Drug Assessment Proforma-
The three parts of this brief proforma include drug history, problem list,
and summary page.
|This briefer, fill-in-the-spaces proforma
helps to guide and record a drug assessment. Compact and concise.
|-Drug Management Case Plan-
A useful summary of drug assessment with analysis of strengths and
weaknesses on which a drug management intervention plan is based.
|A more comprehensive adjunct for case
formulation following an assessment. Will help both client and worker become more clear
and specific around short-term goals, outcomes and action planning.
-Psycho-Social Drug Assessment-
Based on The Emergency Services Child Abuse Prevention Program,
this family assessment model identifies strengths and limitations of individual,
interpersonal and environmental factors. Resources around these factors are also
identified. Further program information is available.
|This assessment guide is part of a program
outline which is useful for clinical staff and program planners dealing with children
living in households with substance abusers. It is useful for those attempting a more
systemic intervention around parental drug use issues.
-Risk Assessment Checklist for Parental Drug Use-
This checklist designed for both clients and staff, make specific
connections between drug use and parenting issues. This
checklist gives some indication of strengths and weaknesses although primarily focused on
problems associated with use.
|Particularly useful in child protection
issues where drug use is a key feature. May help identify some 'bottom line' factors as
well as tracking improvements, for those clients who are difficult to engage in treatment.
|-Severity of Dependence Screening Instrument (SDS)-
This adapted instrument has five short questions to measure degree of
dependence, a brief section on problem identification and contact details for those
|Useful as either a self-completion or staff
assisted questionnaire. Covers alcohol and other drug use.
-AUDIT Screening Instrument-
AUDIT is an alcohol screening instrument developed by the W.H.O. It has
ten questions relating to consumption, degree of dependence and problems associated with
use. It takes about 2 minutes to complete and about 1 minute to score.
|Given Australia's high alcohol consumption,
this self-completion instrument could be used for most clients, particularly if no other
screening instrument is used. May help to identify hazardous drinking patterns in
-On-Line Alcohol & Drug Problem & Dependency Screening
Two brief screening instruments which can be completed on-line with
automatic feedback and advice returned almost immediately.
|Aids in providing the client with
'independent' assessment and feedback about dependency and drug problems. The second
instrument only identifies alcohol dependency. Useful for those who like something a
-Alcohol Treatment Assessment Instruments-
A table of around 80 alcohol assessment, screening and treatment planning
instruments is presented. Further information on each test (such as availability, cost,
administrative issues etc.) are also available.
|Very useful for those interested in
standardised alcohol screening and assessment instruments for adults and adolescents.
While it is very well set out, its volume is daunting for the uninitiated. Instruments for
assessing other drug use not included.
|-Assessment as intervention using the GROW Coaching
GROW (Goal, Reality, Options, What) is an interview method which provides
client self-awareness/assessment aimed at developing a short-term action plan.
|Most useful for those who are thinking or
doing something about drug use issues. Requires reasonable cognitive skills by the client.
Very helpful if client is feeling 'stuck' around dealing with a drug-related issue.
-Community Drug Assessment-
This checklist of possible community-initiatives is based on the WA Strategy Against Drug Abuse Action Plan 1997-1999. It
provides questions on a broad range of community-based options, well ordered under the six
headings of Education, Health Services, Community Support Services, Law Enforcement,
Community Action and Other Community Service Areas.
|Those interested in community development as
well as the general thrust of the WA Drug Strategy would benefit from these assessment
questions. Consider consulting with your local Community Drug Service Team, Local Drug
Action Group and District Crime Prevention/Community Policing Committee when using this
-Community Drug Management Action Planning-
This action planning site contains steps of community action, and
templates for community-based drug assessment, community drug action planning and review
|These steps and work-sheets should be use in
conjunction with the Community Drug Assessment above. The adaptable templates and steps
will be useful for those who are about to take action or taking action on community work
around drug (or other) issues.