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2012 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 17, No. 1
March 2012

Screening Instrument for Substance Abuse
The UNCOPE consists of six questions found in existing instruments and assorted research reports. Variations in wording are noted for several of the items. The more concrete wording of the revised versions were found to be slightly better as a generic screen. Either version of the six questions may be used free of charge for oral administration in any medical, psychosocial, or clinical interview. They provide a simple and quick means of identifying risk for abuse and dependence for alcohol and other drugs.
“In the past year, have you ever drank or used drugs more than you meant to?” or, as revised “Have you spent more time drinking or using than you intended to?”
“Have you ever neglected some of your usual responsibilities because of using alcohol or drugs?”
“Have you felt you wanted or needed to cut down on your drinking or drug use in the last year?”
“Has anyone objected to your drinking or drug use?” Or, “Has your family, a friend, or anyone else ever told you they objected to your alcohol or drug use?”
“Have you ever found yourself preoccupied with wanting to use alcohol or drugs?” or, as revised, “Have you found yourself thinking a lot about drinking or using?”
“Have you ever used alcohol or drugs to relieve emotional discomfort, such as sadness, anger, or boredom?”
For further information on the UNCOPE, contact Norman G. Hoffmann, Ph.D. Evince Clinical Assessments, PO Box 17305, Smithfield, RI 02917, Tel: 800/755-6299; 401/231-2993;