National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

East San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys Inc.

SASSI – 3 Adult

The Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI) is a psychological screening measure that helps identify individuals who have a high probability of having a substance dependence disorder (i.e., chemical dependency).  Subtle items that seem unrelated to substance use enable the SASSI to recognize individuals with alcohol and other drug problems even if they do not acknowledge substance misuse or symptoms associated with it. Objective scoring quickly identifies substance dependence with an overall empirically tested accuracy of 93 %-( 94% of substance dependent people are correctly identified; 93% of non-substance dependent people are correctly identified). Interpretations of the SASSI profiles also suggest possibilities that the counselor may find useful in understanding clients and planning their treatment.

How Can I Tell if I Have a Problem with Alcohol or Other Drugs?

Drug and alcohol problems can affect every one of us regardless of age, sex, race, marital status, place of residence, income level, or lifestyle.

You may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, if:

  • You can’t predict whether or not you will use drugs or get drunk.
  • You believe that in order to have fun you need to drink and/or use drugs.
  • You turn to alcohol and/or drugs after a confrontation or argument, or to relieve uncomfortable feelings.
  • You drink more or use more drugs to get the same effect that you got with smaller amounts.
  • You remember how last night began, but not how it ended, so you’re worried you may have a problem.
  • You have trouble at work or in school because of drinking or drug use.
  • You make promises to yourself or others that you’ll stop getting drunk or using drugs.
  • You feel alone, scared, miserable, and depressed.

Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Symptoms of Adolescents

Social

  • Changing several friends or changing peer groups
  • Suddenly popular with friends who are older and unknown to family
  • Becoming involved with peers when formerly isolated from peers
  • More frequent phone calls
  • Social activities occurring more often, sometimes at odd hours
  • Thrill seeking behaviors - evidenced by law breaking, promiscuity, and other dangerous physical situations

 Family

  • Isolation from family members (hiding in room, locking bedroom door) and avoiding family activities
  • Exhibiting negative attitude toward rules and parents
  • Failing to follow through on promises
  • Sneaking out of the house
  • Becoming manipulative
  • Lying

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How Can I Tell if a Someone Has a Problem with Alcohol or Other Drugs?

If your friend or loved one has one or more of the following signs, he or she may have a problem with drugs or alcohol:

  • Getting high on drugs or getting drunk on a regular basis.
  • Lying about things, or the amount of drugs or alcohol they are using.
  • Avoiding you and others in order to get high or drunk.
  • Giving up activities they used to do such as sports, homework, or hanging out with  friends who don’t use drugs or drink.
  • Having to use more alcohol or other drugs to get the same effects.
  • Constantly talking about using drugs or drinking.
  • Believing that in order to have fun they need to drink or use other drugs.
  • Pressuring others to use drugs or drink.
  • Getting into trouble with the law.
  • Feeling run-down, hopeless, depressed, or even suicidal.
  • Suspension from school for an alcohol-or drug-related incident.
  • Missing work or poor work performance because of drinking or drug use.

SASSI-A2 Adolescent

The Adolescent Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI-A2) is a psychological screening measure that helps identify individuals who have a high probability of having a substance use disorder (i.e., substance abuse and substance dependence).  It should be used for adolescents between 12 and 18 years old.  It is relatively easy to identify someone who has been abusing alcohol and other drugs for many years and has thereby suffered numerous clear consequences. However, it is not as easy to identify and adolescent in the early stages of the disorder when there are not a lot of obvious negative consequences. The SASSI-A2 has been found to be 94% accurate in identifying both substance dependence and substance abuse disorders.

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