College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Behavioral Assessment and Treatment Planning for Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Problems: Current Status with an Emphasis on Clinical Applications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 1994

Publication Title

Behavior Therapy

ISSN

0005-7894

Volume

25

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

Clinical assessments serve several important functions: (1) they provide a clinical picture of the severity of the problem(s) which then can be used to develop treatment plans tailored to the needs of individual clients; (2) if change is not evident during treatment, ongoing assessment information can be used to make systematic changes in the treatment plan; and (3) progress during and after treatment can be assessed. This paper updates an earlier review, with a continuing emphasis on the clinical utility, cost minimization, and user friendliness of the instruments. The review also adds new sections on (a) clinical tools for assessing psychiatric comorbidity; (b) alcohol and drug effect expectancies questionnaires; (c) readiness/commitment to change measures; and (d) measures to assess nicotine use. This review is intended to help practitioners identify methods that will be useful and expedient in their assessment and treatment of alcohol and other drug abusers.

DOI

10.1016/S0005-7894(05)80199-6