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. Both versions are available in handscored or software format. With the handscored format, respondents complete the assessment on paper and you 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. With the software format, you can instantly generate reports that summarize results.

Connecting Clinician to Client
This is a one hour video that includes interpretations of SASSI results, followed by feedback demonstrations for both adult and 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
  • Software (administration and scoring)