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Preinjury alcohol and drug use among persons with spinal cord injury: implications for rehabilitation.

Authors
  • Stroud, Michael W
  • Bombardier, Charles H
  • Dyer, Joshua R
  • Rimmele, Carl T
  • Esselman, Peter C
Type
Published Article
Journal
The journal of spinal cord medicine
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
Volume
34
Issue
5
Pages
461–472
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1179/2045772311Y.0000000033
PMID: 22118253
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Preinjury alcohol and drug abuse are common among persons with recent SCI. Substance abuse screening is feasible and detects not only salient clinical problems but also significant motivation to change and interest in AA or treatment, all of which represent an important window of opportunity for appropriate brief interventions and referrals. In contrast with the idea that alcoholism is a 'disease of denial', the majority of at-risk drinkers with new onset SCI indicate they are considering making changes.

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