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Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory

SASSI Institute


The SASSI is a self-report screening instrument for substance dependency. Objective decision rules classify individuals as chemically dependent or as not chemically dependent. It is especially effective in identifying early-stage chemically dependent individuals who are either in denial or who are trying to conceal their chemical dependency. In addition to being used as a screening instrument, the SASSI also provides clinical insights into a respondent’s defensiveness, as well as other characteristics.

How to Use the Assessment
The SASSI consists of an adolescent (SASSI-A2) and adult (SASSI-3) version. Available in a handscored format, respondents complete the assessment on paper and score the assessment using a scoring key. The SASSI can be scored with results plotted on a Profile Sheet by support staff in one minute.

Connecting Clinician to Client Video
The “Connecting Clinician and Client” video is a 1 hour and 50 minute presentation that includes interpretations of SASSI results, followed by demonstration feedback sessions for 2 adult and 2 adolescent cases.
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Scales & Forms

  • Face Valid Alcohol
  • Face Valid Other Drug
  • Symptoms
  • Obvious Attributes
  • Subtle Attributes
  • Defensiveness
  • Correctional
  • Family vs. Control Subjects
  • Random Answering Pattern
  • Supplemental Addiction Measure
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SASSI Institute

Age Range SASSI-A2: 12 to 18 years
SASSI-3: 18 years and older

Administration Time 15 minutes

Administration Type Self-report

Qualification Level B

  • Handscored