Feasibility of a computer-assisted alcohol screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment program for DWI offenders
OPEN Addiction science & clinical practice | 11 Nov 2015
J Mullen, SR Ryan, CW Mathias and DM Dougherty
Alcohol use patterns that are hazardous for one’s health is prevalent among DWI (driving while intoxicated) offenders and is a key predictor of recidivism. The aim of this program evaluation was to determine the feasibility and usability of implementing a computer-assisted screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) program for DWI offenders to enable the identification of those in need of treatment services soon after arrest. Our treatment program consisted of a web-based, self-guided screening tool for assessing alcohol use patterns and generating a personalized feedback report that is then used to deliver a brief motivational intervention and if needed, a referral to treatment.
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