The use of SBIRT in substance abuse screeningLadegast, Sherrie DNP, FNP-C, CNLNurse Practitioner: 20 October 2016 - Volume 41 - Issue 10 - p 1–3 doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000497009.24998.6c Online exclusive Abstract Author Information Abstract: There are many barriers to screening for alcohol and drug abuse. Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) principles can be used in identifying and helping patients with substance abuse problems. This article introduces SBIRT, discusses barriers to implementation, and reviews current practice recommendations. Sherrie Ladegast is an FNP at Pacific Family Practice, San Francisco, Calif., and recent DNP graduate from the University of San Francisco. The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationships related to this article. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.