After completing the SBIRT training, I began to use the motivational interviewing techniques in my primary care clinic. I found that using the tools I learned in the training I could effectively engage my patients in discussion and simultaneously assess their readiness to change abusive behaviors in a time efficient manner compatible with a routine clinic visit. In addition, once I have had the initial discussion with patients, I can address the issue at a later visit and have objective tools to assess for progress. I have multiple examples of success using these techniques with patients, including cases of alcohol and illicit drug abuse. Overall it’s a useful tool for anyone who may have to deal with substance abuse in their patient population.
Christopher Kniese, MD
Department of Internal Medicine, PGY-2
Indiana University School of Medicine