Basics of SBIRT in Primary Care (for providers in Oklahoma)

The learner will be able to accurately screen for and identify hazardous substance use and direct patients with substance use problems to an appropriate level of care. The learner will also be able to create and implement a brief intervention and education tailored to patients with substance use problems.

: 1.5 hrs

After completing this activity participants will be able to:

  • Employ motivational interviewing techniques to develop rapport and help motivate the patient

  • Select appropriate screening tools and intervention techniques for hazardous substance use problems based on patient history and characteristics

  • Analyze and interpret substance use screening results

  • Implement a brief intervention that is tailored to the patient and the severity of the substance use problem

  • Triage patients to the appropriate level of care within your practice

  • Provide the patient with education and resources needed

Professional Practice Gaps

Screening and brief intervention for alcohol use in primary care is effective in helping patients consume alcohol at safer levels (AAFP, 2010). There is growing evidence that brief intervention for illicit drug use may lead to positive patient outcomes (Volkow 2010).

Koob GF, Volkow ND. Neurocircuitry of addiction. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2010; 35(1): 217-38. Available at:
Vinson DC, Manning BK, Galliher JM, Dickinson LM, Pace WD, Turner BJ. Alcohol and sleep problems in primary care patients: a report from the AAFP National Research Networ. The Annals of Family Medicine. 2010; 8:6: 484-492. Available at: