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What the *%@#$! is SBIRT?

SBIRT is a public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders. Many different types of community settings provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.

  • Screening quickly assesses the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of treatment.
  • Brief intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.
  • Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.
(SAMHSA, 2014)

Why is my medical provider asking me about my alcohol/drug use?

Your medical provider wants to get as much information as possible to understand your overall health.  By doing this your medical provider is able to optimize your healthcare.

Won't my medical provider judge me if I tell them how much I drink or use?

No, the purpose of asking these questions is to understand your overall health.  The medical providers at Campus Health Services will not judge you by your answers, but will provide a safe and confidential environment for you to talk about all aspects of your health.

Who are my answers shared with?

Your answers will only be used if you have signed the consent form.  After you leave your medical visit, your answers about your alcohol and drug use are de-identified (your name will not longer be associated with your answers) if you signed the consent form.  Your specific answers are not shared with your insurance companies, your parents, or other outside parties.  The de-identified answers are entered into a national database with a large amount of other data.

If my medical provider starts talking to me about my drug or alcohol use, does this mean I am an addict?

No!  Your medical provider just wants to give you feedback on how to keep your risk level low.  By keeping your risk level low, you can maximize your overall health.