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Substance Misuse Program

Substance Misuse Program


Recovery from substance misuse is daunting for anyone, but for those who’ve also experienced a brain injury, the process can be much more complicated. Getting and staying sober is essential for best outcomes, but alcohol and drug treatment alone doesn’t address the cognitive deficits and other issues related to brain injury. CNS understands these challenges and offers an individualized program designed for persons who’ve endured a brain injury and also have a history of substance misuse. 

Drugs and alcoholWhile traditional substance misuse treatment is successful for some patients, the added complexity of brain injury can produce a host of challenges: 

CNS recognized that substance misuse can negatively affect participation in post-acute rehabilitation and the durability of outcomes. Therefore, a treatment option for this unique population was developed, which is offered in tandem with CNS rehabilitation programs in California and Texas. This program can be an important component in comprehensive treatment following brain injury, as clinical experience and the research literature indicate:


Stage ChangeAn Alternative Approach: Stage Change

The Transtheoretical Model of intentional behavior change (also known as Stage Change), is a five step process focused on key dimensions of change. Each patient’s readiness for change is evaluated, and specific interventions and recovery goals are planned for each stage. This approach allows the therapist to meet the patient where he/she is in the change process and tailor an individual treatment program.

Team Collaboration Supports Recovery

CNS believes in treating the whole person. The substance misuse program involves a multidisciplinary team that helps patients adapt healthy practices to support recovery. These include sleep hygiene, exercise, nutrition, development of social skills, effective problemsolving, appropriate expression of feelings/emotion, and establishment of a positive daily routine. Participation in 12-step programs (if appropriate) and integrating sober behaviors and choices into life post injury are also modeled.

Advantages of this Approach