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Substance abuse screening is a process used to identify individuals who may be engaging in substance abuse or who may be at risk for developing substance abuse problems. Screening typically involves a brief assessment that is used to evaluate an individual’s substance use and related behaviors.

Substance abuse screening can take many different forms, but it often involves a questionnaire or interview that asks questions about an individual’s history of substance use, frequency and amount of use, and any negative consequences they may have experienced as a result of their substance use. Screening tools may also ask about other risk factors for substance abuse, such as family history of addiction or mental health problems.

Substance abuse screening is typically conducted by healthcare providers, such as doctors, nurses, or therapists, as part of a routine medical evaluation or in response to concerns about a patient’s substance use. Screening can also be conducted in non-medical settings, such as schools or workplaces, as part of efforts to identify and prevent substance abuse.

The goal of substance abuse screening is to identify individuals who may be at risk for substance abuse or who may benefit from further assessment or treatment. Screening can help to identify substance abuse problems early, before they escalate into more serious issues, and can also help to connect individuals with appropriate resources and support.