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2277 Highway 36 West, Suite 200 Roseville, MN 55113-3830
Phone: 612-378-2742
Toll Free: 1-800-669-6442
Fax: 612-378-2789
E-Mail:info@braininjurymn.org
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Counseling/Behavioral Services

Chemical Health

According to the State Council on Disabilities, people with physical and cognitive disabilities are more likely to have a substance abuse disorder and less likely to receive treatment. Substance abuse is an illness that frequently results in serious functional limitations or death when not properly treated. If an individual is both a substance abuser and has an additional condition (cognitive, affective, sensory, or physical), then he or she is actually coping with coexisting disabilities. By the time a person with a brain injury gets to treatment, problems are generally severe.

When looking for a treatment plan that will fit the individual needs of a person with brain injury, it is appropriate to explore if the treatment center has worked to eliminate the five groups of barriers to treatment for persons with brain injury: attitude barriers; discriminatory policies, practices and procedures; communication and architectural barriers and lack of staff training.

Accommodating persons with brain injury in substance abuse treatment centers entails such things as providing flexible counseling schedules, reviewing non-medication rules, addressing alternate teaching methods that assist the individual with brain injury in learning and maintaining new information and the ability to provide treatment in concrete formats that assists the individual in retaining the treatment plan. The treatment center will provide an intake and screening to identify a treatment plan. For treatment to succeed, consumers need to bring their individual strengths to the recovery process.

Continue to the next section, "Counseling/Behavioral Services."