Though most individuals who misuse alcohol and drugs are unlikely to seek specialty treatment, most of these individuals are seen in primary care medical settings. Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) has been shown to be effective in reducing substance misuse; however, most physicians have not been trained in SBIRT.

Equipping Residents to Address Alcohol and Drug Abuse: The National SBIRT Residency Training Project
Skills-Based Residency Training in Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention: Results from the Georgia-Texas “Improving Brief Intervention” Project
Effects of screening and brief intervention training on resident and faculty alcohol intervention behaviours: a pre- post-intervention assessment

What is SECSAT?

The Southeastern Consortium for Substance Abuse Training (SECSAT) is a project designed to increase training among medical resident and advanced practice registered nursing programs in Georgia (GA), Alabama (AL), North Carolina (NC), Maryland (MD), and South Carolina (SC). The project seeks to encourage and enable these residents, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to implement SBIRT in their future practices. The SECSAT team has developed SBIRT curriculum modules related to alcohol misuse and abuse, prescription drug misuse and abuse, and illicit drug use and abuse. In addition, SECSAT has developed systems for implementing SBIRT processes within primary care practices.

Participating Programs

Armstrong Atlantic State University
Emory University
Georgia College and State University
South University
University of North Georgia
Mercer University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Augusta University
Georgia State University
Memorial Health
Wake Forest University
Seneca Lakes Family Medicine Residency (Seneca)
University of Georgia