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Taking the Escalator 

Substance Use Therapy Tools

Harm Reduction

12 Step Alternatives

takingtheescalator.com      Addiction and Substance Use Resource

      Non 12 Step Motivational Harm Reduction Tools for Substance Use & Mental Health

Substance Use Assessment and Treatment Planning Tools


Escalator assessment, treatment planning and screening tools are free for download and use.

If you or your agency and want to use these tools just email: [email protected]


NEW - SUD/Co-occurring TREATMENT PLANNING Materials


Click here to download TREATMENT PLANNING - Problems, goals, interventions, etc.


Full Comprehensive Assessment Tools

Just click any title to download - free in MS Word Format

Assessment Skills Background Reading: Engagement at the Assessment/Intake

Escalator Narrative Integrated Substance Use COD Assessment (aka "the Homegrown")

Taking the Escalator has added a new assessment tool to the repertoire. This tool, the Escalator Narrative Integrated Substance Use COD Assessment (known as "The Homegrown" for short) has the following features:

> It is free for public use - Please if you or your agency is going to use it simply email [email protected]

> It is based on ASAM criteria and DSM 5 and has comprehensive biopsychosocial elements

> It is integrated to include mental health and medical issues in addition to other key life areas

> It is a Narrative Assessment which allows the assessor to conduct the assessment in an engaging manner rather than asking a serious of redundant smaller questions.

> It is a Guided Narrative - Which means that there are guidelines included in each section to help the assessor remember what to include in the narrative for each section


E13 Comprehensive Substance Use Assessment

The E13 Comprehensive Substance Use Assessment has it all as it is a full substance use assessment with attention to co-occurring disorders and other biopsychosocial factors. Some features include:

> It is free for public use - Please if you or your agency is going to use it simply email [email protected]

> It is also based on ASAM criteria and DSM 5 and has comprehensive biopsychosocial elements

> It is integrated to include mental health and medical issues in addition to other key life areas

> Different than the Escalator Narrative assessment above, the E13 carefully provides very specific questions throughout all key areas throughout the assessment.  

Brief Substance Use Assessment Tools


E5 Brief Integrated Substance Use Assessment

The E5 Brief Integrated Substance Use Assessment is a shortened version of the E13. It is designed to be a much more brief assessment tool that can be completed in less time. The E5 can be combined with an existing full biopsychosocial assessment tool as the E5 could serve as the substance use assessment piece to a mental health bio. The E5 is also free for public use


ESIS - Escalator Substance Impact Scale

> It is free for public use. Please just email [email protected] to inform

> This is an "impact scale" with hyperlinks for specific guidelines in each section - Download to see how it works by clicking on internal links

> Information on incorporating DSM 5 and ASAM criteria is linked into the assessment itself


Brief Screening Tool


Escalator Integrated Brief Screening Tool

There are so many substance use screening tools out there that it can be quite confusing. Some aspects of the Escalator Screening Tool that make it ideal are:

> It is short (one page) and very easy and quick (less than 5 minutes) to administer even without extensive training

> In addition to substance use, the Escalator Screening Tool takes into account Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders (Which most screening tools ignore)

> It is incredibly easy to score in the effort to obtain screening accuracy and validity

> The Escalator Brief Screening Tool is also free for public use

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