Instruments used for evaluation in substance use disorder: a systematic review

Diana Moreira*, Andreia Azeredo, Paulo Dias

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background and Aims: Psychoactive substance use is a psychiatric disorder that has warranted significant attention from governmental authorities and leadership, due to its political and socioeconomic consequences, as well as its repercussions on the health of individuals. In fact, substance-related disorders are highly prevalent, with possible treatment strategies being Therapeutic Communities. The present systematic review intends to summarize the most used instruments to evaluate substance use disorder. Methods: Studies on this issue were retrieved from various databases, namely EBSCO, PubMed, and Web of Science, using meticulous exclusion and inclusion criteria. Results and conclusion: The concern with using other instruments that address the potential risks of mental health allowed the identification of comorbidities and the creation of more complete interventions, not limited to the use and type of substances. We know that a holistic intervention enhances a long-term recovery with fewer relapses. It is paramount that there be a brief and valid tool that organizations and researchers can use to assess the implementation climate for evidence-based practices in the context of substance use treatment, which has generally exhibited a broad gap between research and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-660
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Substance Use
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Assessment
  • Dependency
  • Instruments
  • Substance use disorders
  • Therapeutic communities


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