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Purpose and Content of this Manual


As programmer's who create "use friendly" programs, there are some assumptions we have made:

  1. All rehabilitation centers can offer some programming in prevention and intervention even without new resources. To develop programs, this manual describes three versions -- a minimum version and two "upgrades" that can be installed in a phased approach. The spreadsheet on pages 6 and 7 outlines the three versions of substance abuse programming: good, better, and best. All versions of the program provide prevention, intervention and treatment resources either within the facility or through community resources.
  2. Regardless of a person's willingness to change behavior, programming can still work toward helping the person consider change. This manual includes information that rehabilitation professionals can use to work toward optimum recovery for the persons they serve, including:
    • client and family education
    • screening
    • assessment
    • stages of change
    • motivational interviewing
    • intervention activities
    • referral
  3. Any substance use following a brain injury is detrimental to recovery. Although light or occasional alcohol use is not seen as substance abuse in clinical terms, the risks and complications of trying to recommend a safe amount to drink make it necessary to state that the only safe level is abstinence.  

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This website has been funded with financial assistance from Grant #H133A120086 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to the Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation for the current funding period of 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2017.