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Week 6 DiscussionScreening and Assessment InstrumentsScreening efforts for any health care problem can be undertaken at various levels. They can beapplied routinely to everyone, or they can be targeted, administered only to those in higher-risk groups. Broad-based screening efforts, meaning routine use of a screening tool in a rangeof settings, is desirable when the condition is common.The substance abuse field is increasingly using standardized instruments to promote treatmentplanning as well as to provide a yardstick for measuring treatment effectiveness. The mostwidely used tool for both of these purposes is the Addiction Severity Index (ASI).Mental Status and Psychosocial History, Dual Diagnosis and StagesThe mental status examination is a tool used by mental health professionals to guideobservation and to assist the interviewer in gathering essential data about mental functioning.There are many psychosocial treatment approaches. Were you to wonder which particulartreatment would be best for a particular individual, you would not be alone? A number oflarge studies have been conducted to examine this very question.Understanding the relationship between alcohol or other drug use and mood, thoughts, or

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