ERIC Number: ED339938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Are Alcoholic Clients Cognitively Competent To Participate in Their Rehabilitation Program?
The neuropsychological deficits which are found in a significant number of alcoholics participating in the rehabilitation process have been well documented. Recent concern has also been voiced that cognitive impairments present in alcoholics receiving treatment are more severe than what has been perceived through clinical observations. Unfamiliarity with these important findings may result in the formulation of an alcohol and other drug use evaluation and treatment plan which are not designed to address cognitive impairments present in clients. If a person is to benefit from an alcoholic treatment regimen which incorporates various educational and counseling formats, it is essential that the client be able to assimilate and accommodate new information designed to effect prosocial behavioral change. A review of case studies and research findings also indicated that various neuropsychological tests are sensitive to measuring cognitive deficits present in alcoholics receiving treatment. The utilization and careful analysis of these tests may allow for: (1) a more accurate assessment of alcoholism; (2) a descriptive evaluation of the specific cognitive deficits; (3) prescriptive suggestions for treatment; and (4) a more comprehensive understanding of the impact of these deficits on the client's performance in treatment, the outcome of the rehabilitation process, subsequent employment, and driving a motor vehicle. (Author/LLL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the New York State Association for Counseling and Development (26th, Albany, NY, October 27-29, 1991).