Substance Abuse Assessment - Level 2 - Adult

The DSM-5 Level 2—Substance Use—Adult is an adapted version of the NIDA-Modified ASSIST.

The 15-item measure is used to assess the pure domain of prescription medicine, and illicit substance use in adults age 18 and older. It is completed by the individual prior to a visit with the clinician.

If the individual receiving care is of impaired capacity and unable to complete the form (e.g., an individual with dementia), a knowledgeable informant may complete the measure. Each item asks the individual receiving care (or informant) to rate the severity of the individual’s use of various substances during the past 2 weeks.

  • During the past TWO (2) WEEKS, about how often did you use any of the following medicines ON YOUR OWN, that is, without a doctor’s prescription, in greater amounts or longer than prescribed?



Many people experience the symptoms or characteristics on these assessments at various points in time. Having some symptoms or characteristics does not necessarily mean you have a disorder. For these symptoms to be considered a psychological disorder, they must cause significant impairment in functioning. This is another reason why evaluation by a health professional is essential and these assessments are just a first step
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