Q & A

What happens if the patient answers no on every question?

If it is obvious that some kind of alcohol/drugrelated problem is in play, and this is the reason for the interview, we refrain from an assessment and acknowledges that we have recognized his/her resistance.. If ADDIS is a routine among others we might just accept the answers we have been given.

What if the client says , and I have information that points to the opposite?

The interviewer tells the client what kind of information he/she got.

Do I have to ask all the questions?


What happens if the client doesn´t want to answer certain questions?

Try your best to get answers. If it doesn´t work, tell him/her that the interview will be incomplete, and that it therefor will be impossible to do a correct assessment.

Why should I do an interview if I already know that the patient has a drugproblem?

The interview gives you and your patient a whole picture concerning all drugs that have been used, from the debut until now. This will show on the addictioncurve, where you can see how the addiction has developed and how different drugs are interacting. Research also shows that a structured interview like this enhances the motivational process. It also creates an alliance between you and your client.