What is the SACS ABC approach?
SACS has been adapted specifically for brevity and to align with the well-known ABC approach for smoking cessation and alcohol. Based on The SACS Brief Intervention above. The resources incorporate the Substances and Choices Scale (SACS), a youth AOD (alcohol and other drug) screening instrument developed and tested in New Zealand (Christie et al., 2007). SAC ABC is a resource for youth mental health and addiction workers, designed and promoted by Werry Workforce Whāraurau (Christie, 2010).
Administer SACS Screening, review and score (Go to eSACS form)
B: Brief Advice
Deliver Feedback and brief advice (Go to AOD Youth Brief Cards)
Referral for Counselling /Treatment (Go to Service Providers Directory: www.addictionshelp.org.nz/directory )
A simple and effective easy memory aid to screen youth for problematic AOD use and provide brief personally-relevant AOD interventions.
As part of the SACS ABC an electronic version of the SACS (E-SACS) is available.
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