Sample Interpretations

Interpreting Low Scores on Profiles

What does “low’ mean? A low score is anything below the 15th percentile on the graph.

Identifying Rx abuse

Curtis is a 36-year-old married man who presented himself as having an opioid addiction.

Excessive Use

Angela T. illustrates a profile often seen in people who acknowledge that they use drugs excessively and have come to rely on them as a coping resource.

Enhancing your client’s insight and motivation using the SASSI

The mother of a 22-year-old woman feels very strongly that her daughter, Aimee, has an alcohol problem. But Aimee is adamant, no question about it, she doesn’t have a problem.

Defensiveness and Non-voluntary Clients

Jim, a 38-year-old male referred for a substance use evaluation, following his arrest for domestic violence.  Learn how the SASSI can help identify the need for further assessment.

Differentiating between Substance Use and a Substance Use Disorder in Teens

Josh, a 17-year old male high school student assessed for substance use disorder.  Learn how the SASSI-A2 helps to identify substance use versus substance use disorder.

DUI Client’s High SAT Indicates Lack of Awareness

Trey B., a 43-year-old male referred by his attorney for a substance use evaluation following his arrest for impaired driving.  Learn how the SASSI was useful in identifying needs of a client with poor insight.

Interpreting the Spanish SASSI

Carlos C. is a 36-year old Spanish speaking and reading client referred for identification of high or low probability of substance use disorder. Learn how to interpret the Spanish SASSI decision rules.

SASSI Identifies Substance Use Disorder in Young Offender

Ben, a 23-year-old male serving time in a correctional facility for domestic violence.  Learn how the SASSI results helped to identify specific treatment needs.

SYM Scale and Social Environmental Factors

John and Mary, a Native American couple referred for a substance use disorder evaluation after having had their children removed from their home. Learn how the SASSI helps identify the influence of culture and other social environment factors when assessing clients’ profiles.

The SASSI Is Useful in Addressing Ethical Issues of Mandated Client

Sally, a 27-year old single mother of two mandated by the court for a substance use disorder evaluation. Despite Sally’s elevated defensiveness, the SASSI identified her as having a high probability of substance use disorder.  Learn how the SASSI helped the clinician gain insight into the context of Sally’s behavior.

The Unaware Client

Carol, a 43-year old businesswoman, and mother of two recently arrested for driving while impaired. Learn how the SASSI identified Carol’s substance use disorder and provided useful clinical information pertaining to Carol’s intervention needs.