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Why Do We Use SBIRT?

SBIRT is used to identify and intervene with individuals who currently have a substance use disorder and those who are considered to be at high risk.

The unhealthy use of substances, such as alcohol and illegal or prescription drugs, is a major preventable public health problem. The societal cost of such misuse is more than $600 billion annually, so SBIRT is generally a successful attempt to get people the help they need before use becomes a chronic problem. If the patient is already experiencing chronic addiction symptoms, then a specialized SBIRT plan can help get them back to living the life they deserve.

Primary care centers, hospitals, and other community settings provide excellent opportunities for early intervention with both at-risk substance users and those with substance-use disorders.