College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Behavioral Assessment and Treatment Planning With Alcohol and Drug Abusers: a Review with an Emphasis on Clinical Application

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1988

Publication Title

Clinical Psychology Review

ISSN

0272-7358

Volume

8

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

Assessment and treatment of substance abuse is a complex and difficult task that involves more than the mere measurement of substance use. A detailed evaluation of the functions of a substance abuser's alcohol and drug use is necessary to the development of meaningful and effective treatment goals and strategies. This paper reviews several new and established assessment methods and instruments which can be used in clinical practice to evaluate the severity of alcohol and drug problems and to provide direction for treatment planning. The advantages and limitations of the various techniques are discussed with the recognition that the utility of each technique depends upon the needs and problems of each client. The importance and application of recent research findings to assessment and treatment planning are also noted throughout this review.

DOI

10.1016/0272-7358(88)90048-7