Family Adolescent Straight Talk

By: Family Talk  09-12-2011
Keywords: substance abuse, Treatment, Treatment Program

Our Services

F.A.S.T. was established based on a pressing need in our community for substance abuse counselling and treatment.

Looking forward..

The Secret of Success..

"It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.”

Assesments & Programs

S.A.S.S.I. Assesment: Because no two people are the same, it is important that we develop a custom treatment program for each and every one of our clients. In order to achieve this we need to accurately assess them, to achieve this we implement the SASSI test. Once treatment has commenced, it is important to monitor clients to ensure no regression, for this we use regular and random testing. For all individuals it is important to match treatment setting, interventions and services to each individual’s particular problems. The SASSI is a tool used to effectively identify substance dependence. The SASSI was developed to minimize the impact of factors such as age, education level, and ethnic background, which may affect the outcomes of some tests. The scoring sheets are adjusted for gender, and the adolescent version was developed and tested independently from the adult version. The instrument is based on 20 years of ongoing research, and all of the SASSI materials are regularly reviewed and updated to enhance their utility and accuracy.Beyond identifying individuals with substance dependence disorders, the SASSI provides valuable clinical information regarding defensiveness, openness to intervention, treatment considerations, and risk of future offenses.Some facts:· Identifies substance dependence accurately, objectively and quickly· Tested: 93% accurate· Effective even when clients are unable or unwilling to acknowledge relevant behaviors· Can be administered to individuals or groups in less than 15 minutes· Can be scored manually in less than five minutes The SASSI’s ease of use, brevity, and non-offensive questions reduce resistance in test takers. When the SASSI is scored, it produces 10 scales. One flags clients who did not respond to the questions in a meaningful way. Another scale, COR, assists in assessment and treatment planning for individuals with criminal histories. The simple, objective scoring procedure allows quick identification of individuals likely to have a substance dependence disorder. Criminal justice systems have used the SASSI successfully since it was first made available in 1988.

Keywords: substance abuse, Substance Dependence, Treatment, Treatment Program