Screening and Brief Intervention

Simple screening is a brief process to discover the likelihood that a person has a problem, the presence of other related problems, and whether there is any immediate danger to the person or others. It is usually the starting point for getting help.

Screening may include or be followed by a “brief intervention”. A brief intervention allows a person to identify their level of use, consider the pros and cons of continuing to use, and any reasons they may have for wanting to change. Brief intervention can be delivered in a range of non-specialist settings.

Where screening indicates that problems are severe, a person may be referred on to specialist services for assessment and treatment.