Alcohol-Drug-Screen (ADS) Description

The Alcohol-Drug-Screen (ADS) is an adult, evidence based-assessment instrument or test that focuses explicitly on alcohol and drug use or abuse. It interprets Alcohol Scale and Drug Scale findings with Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) Substance Use Disorder classifications. ADS also determines if the client (defendant, patient or offender) was truthful while completing the test. And it measures how well the client manages their experienced stress.

The Alcohol-Drug-Screen (ADS) is a brief, self-administered evidence-based substance (alcohol and other drugs) use or abuse assessment instrument or test. It consists of 116 questions and takes around 20 minutes to complete. From test data (answers) input, scored and printed Alcohol-Drug-Screen (ADS) reports are available on-site within 2 1/2 minutes.

The Alcohol-Drug-Screen (ADS) incorporates 5 scales (measures):

  1. Truthfulness Scale
  2. Alcohol Scale
  3. Drug Scale
  4. DSM-5 Substance Use Disorder
  5. Stress Management Scale

Alcohol-Drug-Screen Scales

  1. Truthfulness Scale: Measures denial, problem minimization and attempts to "fake good". This provides a sound empirical basis for decisions. It also helps answer the question "Was the client (patient, offender) truthful when answering ADS questions?"
  2. Alcohol Scale: Measures alcohol use and the severity of abuse. This enables matching of alcohol/drinking severity with treatment or intervention intensity.
  3. Drug Scale: Measures illicit (non-prescription) and licit (prescription) drug use and as warranted, abuse. Provides strong accountability of results.
  4. DSM-5 Substance Abuse Scale: Utilizes Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) to classify substance (alcohol and drugs) use. DSM-5 combines both alcohol and drugs in its DSM-5 Substance Use Scale.
  5. Stress Management Scale: Measures the client’s (defendant, patient or offender) ability to manage their stress (anxiety, pressure, tension). Stress, or more specifically stress management, underlies or influences client (offender, patients) management of both alcohol and drugs.

The wealth of alcohol and drug-related information provided in the Alcohol-Drug-Screen (ADS) report, facilitates alcohol and drug use/abuse identification, measures problem severity and enables the matching of problem (alcohol and/or drug) severity with optimum intervention or treatment intensity.

Online (Internet) Testing

The Alcohol-Drug-Screen (ADS) test is available over the Professional Online Testing Solutions, Inc. (Online-Testing) testing platform Our email address is and our toll free telephone number is: 1 (800) 231-2401. Obtain a free Alcohol-Drug-Screen (ADS) test when you register online at

The Alcohol-Drug-Screen (ADS) is an assessment or test that is focused entirely upon substance (alcohol & drugs) use and abuse screening. It measures alcohol and drug use severity and provides a DSM-5 substance use disorder classification.

Substance Use Disorder

The Alcohol-Drug-Screen (ADS) incorporates two methods, "classification and dimensional scaling," for assessing substance use severity. The ADS employs separate Alcohol and Drug Scales, each focusing independently and exclusively on alcohol or drug use. The DSM-5 on the other hand, blends alcohol and drugs use in its Substance Use Disorder classification. ADS scales use short-term time referents like 'recently' or 'now'; whereas the DSM-5 uses longer term or even lifetime referents. The ADS scales use percentile scores to measure risk severity. The DSM-5 classifies risk using endorsement of 11 criteria/symptoms, classifying substance use problems as mild, moderate, problem and severe. Researchers (Kessler, 2002; Kline, 2009) advocate using both types of measurement methods in one test.


The Alcohol-Drug-Screen (ADS) is an evidence based substance (alcohol or drugs) use or abuse self-report test that is focused upon understanding substance (alcohol & other drugs) users and abusers. ADS measures alcohol and drug severity while concurrently classifying substance (alcohol & drugs) abusers with DSM-5 criteria. Navigational links are provided on each webpage. These links include a How To Order link, Cost link, Example Report link, Comparison Checklist link, etc.