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SBIRT — Brief Intervention

Brief intervention is an evidence-based approach to address substance use with patients who are at risk for developing health-related and other consequences of risky substance use, including the risk of developing substance use disorders. The intervention is often a single session of brief motivational interviewing that lasts less than 10 minutes. When screening indicates risk, the clinician should interpret the results of the screening instrument and provide feedback to the patient.

This feedback is referred to as a brief intervention. Brief interventions can focus on:

  • Raising the patient’s awareness of their substance use.
  • Informing and helping the patient understand about the health consequences of substance use.
  • Motivating the patient to consider modifying their behavior.

Please refer to the document below for information and helpful tips regarding the Brief Intervention and BNI methods: