RESOURCES FOR PATIENTS AND PROFESSIONALS
Bluff strives to provide education and resources for patients, families and clinicians to help them better understand addiction and the treatment needs of people with substance use and dual disorders.
How to Effectively Assess Addicted Individuals
Knowing how to accurately assess patients for addictive disorders helps physicians and other clinicians provide the best treatment recommendations. Yet often, patients don’t volunteer information about their substance use problem, or they try to hide the extent of their substance use. And across specialties, most medical education programs don’t focus on how to look for less obvious signs of addiction. Our guide, “How to Effectively Assess Addicted Individuals,” includes case studies and a simple, three-question screening tool that can provide clinicians with important clues about whether a patient may need further evaluation for substance abuse.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) has a wealth of information about issues related to addictive disorders and treatment.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has FAQs about seeking drug treatment.
For information on finding an addiction specialist, visit the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Narcotics Anonymous holds meetings across the United States. Visit their website to find a meeting near you.
Find an Alcoholic Anonymous meeting here.