ARTICLE: PDF OnlyA Scale for Assessing the Stage of Substance Abuse Treatment in Persons with Severe Mental IllnessMcHUGO, GREGORY J. Ph.D.; DRAKE, ROBERT E. M.D., Ph.D.; BURTON, HEATHER L. M.A.; ACKERSON, THEIMANN H. M.S.W.Author Information New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire. Send reprint requests to Dr. McHugo, NH-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, 2 Whipple Place, Lebanon, New Hampshire 03766. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: December 1995 - Volume 183 - Issue 12 - p 762-767 Buy Abstract Substance abuse is common among persons with severe mental illness, but few measures exist for clinicians to evaluate treatment progress. The Substance Abuse Treatment Scale (SATS) combines a motivational hierarchy with explicit substance use criteria to form an eight-stage model of the recovery process. Data are presented supporting the reliability and validity of the SATS, based on its use in a community-based sample of persons with dual disorders. The SATS can be used as either a process or an outcome measure, for individuals or for groups, and its value in making explicit the stages of substance abuse treatment is discussed. © Williams & Wilkins 1995. All Rights Reserved.