Substance & Choices Scale and Brief intervention (SACS-ABC)

Introduction

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems are a significant health issue for young people around the world and routine use of an AOD screening and outcome measurement instruments are recommended in all kinds of youth services.

The SACS-ABC can assist in identifying young people at risk of AOD problems and guide, brief intervention, further treatment and/or referral options.

There are two aspects to the SACS-ABC framework. Firstly, the SACS stands for Substances and Choices Scale which is an AOD screening and outcome measurement instrument that is simple to use, acceptable to young people and works well (is reliable and valid). The SACS is a one-page self-report questionnaire for young people aged 13-18 years. It takes about 5 minutes to complete and is ideally completed in association with the young person's health or social agency worker.

Secondly the ABC is a framework for which you can work through with a young person. The acronym stands for Ask, Brief Intervention, Counselling Referral. This provides guidance of how to ask substance related questions and use the SACS screening tool, provide brief Intervention and discuss referral options with the young person.

Use the links on the right hand side to access and download the following:

  • SACS-ABC manual
  • SACS Questionnaire
  • SACS-ABC Worksheet
  • SAC-ABCS Flow chart

The fine print

Reference:

Grant Christie, Reginald Marsh, Janie Sheridan, Amanda Wheeler, Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni, Stella Black, Rachael Butler The Substances and Choices Scale(SACS) - the development and testing of a new alcohol and other drug screening and outcome measurement instrument for young people (2007). Addiction, 102 (9)pp. 1390-1398

Disclaimer

The Substances and Choices Scale (SACS) is available for use by researchers and not-for-profit health and social agencies that provide services to enhance the health and wellbeing of young people. It has been designed to be used by health workers who have an active and ongoing relationship with the recipient of the questionnaire. This is so that issues around confidentiality can be discussed, and so that appropriate mental health support can be accessed if required. Whāraurau and those involved in developing the SACS do not accept any responsibility or liability for any direct or indirect loss, problems or consequences of any kind arising from the use or misuse of the SACS.

Copyright

The different versions of the Substances and Choices Scale and its associated documents are copyrighted documents. The SACS may be used without charge by non-profit organisations as long as clients are not charged for its use. Electronic reproductions of the SACS are permitted if the content remains identical and formatting is similar to the paper version. Please note that the SACS is validated as a pen and paper questionnaire only.

This page was last updated on: May 2024

Introduction

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems are a significant health issue for young people around the world and routine use of an AOD screening and outcome measurement instruments are recommended in all kinds of youth services.

The SACS-ABC can assist in identifying young people at risk of AOD problems and guide, brief intervention, further treatment and/or referral options.

There are two aspects to the SACS-ABC framework. Firstly, the SACS stands for Substances and Choices Scale which is an AOD screening and outcome measurement instrument that is simple to use, acceptable to young people and works well (is reliable and valid). The SACS is a one-page self-report questionnaire for young people aged 13-18 years. It takes about 5 minutes to complete and is ideally completed in association with the young person's health or social agency worker.

Secondly the ABC is a framework for which you can work through with a young person. The acronym stands for Ask, Brief Intervention, Counselling Referral. This provides guidance of how to ask substance related questions and use the SACS screening tool, provide brief Intervention and discuss referral options with the young person.

Use the links on the right hand side to access and download the following:

  • SACS-ABC manual
  • SACS Questionnaire
  • SACS-ABC Worksheet
  • SAC-ABCS Flow chart

The fine print

Reference:

Grant Christie, Reginald Marsh, Janie Sheridan, Amanda Wheeler, Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni, Stella Black, Rachael Butler The Substances and Choices Scale(SACS) - the development and testing of a new alcohol and other drug screening and outcome measurement instrument for young people (2007). Addiction, 102 (9)pp. 1390-1398

Disclaimer

The Substances and Choices Scale (SACS) is available for use by researchers and not-for-profit health and social agencies that provide services to enhance the health and wellbeing of young people. It has been designed to be used by health workers who have an active and ongoing relationship with the recipient of the questionnaire. This is so that issues around confidentiality can be discussed, and so that appropriate mental health support can be accessed if required. Whāraurau and those involved in developing the SACS do not accept any responsibility or liability for any direct or indirect loss, problems or consequences of any kind arising from the use or misuse of the SACS.

Copyright

The different versions of the Substances and Choices Scale and its associated documents are copyrighted documents. The SACS may be used without charge by non-profit organisations as long as clients are not charged for its use. Electronic reproductions of the SACS are permitted if the content remains identical and formatting is similar to the paper version. Please note that the SACS is validated as a pen and paper questionnaire only.

This page was last updated on: May 2024

Introduction

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems are a significant health issue for young people around the world and routine use of an AOD screening and outcome measurement instruments are recommended in all kinds of youth services.

The SACS-ABC can assist in identifying young people at risk of AOD problems and guide, brief intervention, further treatment and/or referral options.

There are two aspects to the SACS-ABC framework. Firstly, the SACS stands for Substances and Choices Scale which is an AOD screening and outcome measurement instrument that is simple to use, acceptable to young people and works well (is reliable and valid). The SACS is a one-page self-report questionnaire for young people aged 13-18 years. It takes about 5 minutes to complete and is ideally completed in association with the young person's health or social agency worker.

Secondly the ABC is a framework for which you can work through with a young person. The acronym stands for Ask, Brief Intervention, Counselling Referral. This provides guidance of how to ask substance related questions and use the SACS screening tool, provide brief Intervention and discuss referral options with the young person.

Use the links on the right hand side to access and download the following:

  • SACS-ABC manual
  • SACS Questionnaire
  • SACS-ABC Worksheet
  • SAC-ABCS Flow chart

The fine print

Reference:

Grant Christie, Reginald Marsh, Janie Sheridan, Amanda Wheeler, Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni, Stella Black, Rachael Butler The Substances and Choices Scale(SACS) - the development and testing of a new alcohol and other drug screening and outcome measurement instrument for young people (2007). Addiction, 102 (9)pp. 1390-1398

Disclaimer

The Substances and Choices Scale (SACS) is available for use by researchers and not-for-profit health and social agencies that provide services to enhance the health and wellbeing of young people. It has been designed to be used by health workers who have an active and ongoing relationship with the recipient of the questionnaire. This is so that issues around confidentiality can be discussed, and so that appropriate mental health support can be accessed if required. Whāraurau and those involved in developing the SACS do not accept any responsibility or liability for any direct or indirect loss, problems or consequences of any kind arising from the use or misuse of the SACS.

Copyright

The different versions of the Substances and Choices Scale and its associated documents are copyrighted documents. The SACS may be used without charge by non-profit organisations as long as clients are not charged for its use. Electronic reproductions of the SACS are permitted if the content remains identical and formatting is similar to the paper version. Please note that the SACS is validated as a pen and paper questionnaire only.

This page was last updated on: May 2024

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Introduction

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems are a significant health issue for young people around the world and routine use of an AOD screening and outcome measurement instruments are recommended in all kinds of youth services.

The SACS-ABC can assist in identifying young people at risk of AOD problems and guide, brief intervention, further treatment and/or referral options.

There are two aspects to the SACS-ABC framework. Firstly, the SACS stands for Substances and Choices Scale which is an AOD screening and outcome measurement instrument that is simple to use, acceptable to young people and works well (is reliable and valid). The SACS is a one-page self-report questionnaire for young people aged 13-18 years. It takes about 5 minutes to complete and is ideally completed in association with the young person's health or social agency worker.

Secondly the ABC is a framework for which you can work through with a young person. The acronym stands for Ask, Brief Intervention, Counselling Referral. This provides guidance of how to ask substance related questions and use the SACS screening tool, provide brief Intervention and discuss referral options with the young person.

Use the links on the right hand side to access and download the following:

  • SACS-ABC manual
  • SACS Questionnaire
  • SACS-ABC Worksheet
  • SAC-ABCS Flow chart

The fine print

Reference:

Grant Christie, Reginald Marsh, Janie Sheridan, Amanda Wheeler, Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni, Stella Black, Rachael Butler The Substances and Choices Scale(SACS) - the development and testing of a new alcohol and other drug screening and outcome measurement instrument for young people (2007). Addiction, 102 (9)pp. 1390-1398

Disclaimer

The Substances and Choices Scale (SACS) is available for use by researchers and not-for-profit health and social agencies that provide services to enhance the health and wellbeing of young people. It has been designed to be used by health workers who have an active and ongoing relationship with the recipient of the questionnaire. This is so that issues around confidentiality can be discussed, and so that appropriate mental health support can be accessed if required. Whāraurau and those involved in developing the SACS do not accept any responsibility or liability for any direct or indirect loss, problems or consequences of any kind arising from the use or misuse of the SACS.

Copyright

The different versions of the Substances and Choices Scale and its associated documents are copyrighted documents. The SACS may be used without charge by non-profit organisations as long as clients are not charged for its use. Electronic reproductions of the SACS are permitted if the content remains identical and formatting is similar to the paper version. Please note that the SACS is validated as a pen and paper questionnaire only.

This page was last updated on: May 2024

Introduction

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems are a significant health issue for young people around the world and routine use of an AOD screening and outcome measurement instruments are recommended in all kinds of youth services.

The SACS-ABC can assist in identifying young people at risk of AOD problems and guide, brief intervention, further treatment and/or referral options.

There are two aspects to the SACS-ABC framework. Firstly, the SACS stands for Substances and Choices Scale which is an AOD screening and outcome measurement instrument that is simple to use, acceptable to young people and works well (is reliable and valid). The SACS is a one-page self-report questionnaire for young people aged 13-18 years. It takes about 5 minutes to complete and is ideally completed in association with the young person's health or social agency worker.

Secondly the ABC is a framework for which you can work through with a young person. The acronym stands for Ask, Brief Intervention, Counselling Referral. This provides guidance of how to ask substance related questions and use the SACS screening tool, provide brief Intervention and discuss referral options with the young person.

Use the links on the right hand side to access and download the following:

  • SACS-ABC manual
  • SACS Questionnaire
  • SACS-ABC Worksheet
  • SAC-ABCS Flow chart

The fine print

Reference:

Grant Christie, Reginald Marsh, Janie Sheridan, Amanda Wheeler, Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni, Stella Black, Rachael Butler The Substances and Choices Scale(SACS) - the development and testing of a new alcohol and other drug screening and outcome measurement instrument for young people (2007). Addiction, 102 (9)pp. 1390-1398

Disclaimer

The Substances and Choices Scale (SACS) is available for use by researchers and not-for-profit health and social agencies that provide services to enhance the health and wellbeing of young people. It has been designed to be used by health workers who have an active and ongoing relationship with the recipient of the questionnaire. This is so that issues around confidentiality can be discussed, and so that appropriate mental health support can be accessed if required. Whāraurau and those involved in developing the SACS do not accept any responsibility or liability for any direct or indirect loss, problems or consequences of any kind arising from the use or misuse of the SACS.

Copyright

The different versions of the Substances and Choices Scale and its associated documents are copyrighted documents. The SACS may be used without charge by non-profit organisations as long as clients are not charged for its use. Electronic reproductions of the SACS are permitted if the content remains identical and formatting is similar to the paper version. Please note that the SACS is validated as a pen and paper questionnaire only.

This page was last updated on: May 2024

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