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Referral to Treatment

SBIRT is not necessarily meant as a means to treat substance dependence, but moreso as prevention and early intervention through brief interventions. At times, a brief intervention may be appropriate to someone who scores as dependent; however, should the patient find they are not able to stop after an attempt, referral to more specialized treatment may be the most appropriate option. Whether or not to refer a patient to treatment will be for the provider to decide based on screening scores and professional opionion through engagement with the patient. Referral to treatment often requires the same Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills utilized in a Brief Intervention. Referral to treatment often can be conceptualized as a form of brief intervention. 

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) SBIRT video Brief Intervention with Referral to Treatment depicts a brief intervention and referral to treatment related to alcohol and drugs in a medical setting.

Online Resources

The 211 Oklahoma website provides zip code specific resources to connect individuals to from treatment options to housing to food assistance.

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services website has quick links to resources including: substance abuse treatment facility locator, contracted substance use disorder providers, and tobacco cessation.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Assocation find treatment website allows you to enter an address and find available treatment options.