The prevalence of cognitive impairment in rural substance treatment participants: The implications for treatment approaches

Cognitive impairment (CI) includes acquired or traumatic brain injury, intellectual disability or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Cognitive impairment is a hidden disability which, for example, affects encounters with people in their surroundings, and can lead to difficulties in relations and contacts with society. A high prevalence of substance use problems has been identified in cognitively impaired people and alcohol use is a frequent contributing factor to acquired brain injury. …

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