The ASUS-R, which contains all scales of the original ASUS, is a 96 item psychometric-based, adult self report survey comprised of
15 basic scales and three supplemental scales. It is appropriate for clients 18 years or older, and may be self or interview administered.
The ASUS-R meets the needs of a self report instrument that is an essential component of a convergent validation approach to the assessment
of patterns and problems associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD).
The ASUS-R is designed to differentially assess an individual's alcohol and other drug (AOD) use involvement and disruption and conditions
related to AOD use problems. There is also an AOD use benefits scale. The ASUS-R provides a short assessment of mental health and psychological
adjustment concerns, two scales that measure social and legal non-conformity conduct and involvement in the judicial system. The ASUS-R also
provides measures of motivation and treatment readiness, defensiveness and resistance to self-disclosure, and a measure of self-perceived
strengths. Three supplemental scales provide a differential assessment of disruptive AOD use outcomes which are subscales of the
general DISRUPTION scale. The ASUS-R provides measures of AOD involvement and legal conforming for the most recent six month period the
client has been in the community. The ASUS-R rater scale allows a comparison of the evaluator's perception of the client's drug use and abuse
with the client's perception of that use.
The ASUS-R is typically used in the initial assessment of individuals enter treatment and judicial systems. It is also used in in-depth
assessment when used along with other assessment methods and instruments. It can be used to provide guidelines for intervention placement