This workbook was created for people who are living with the effects of a brain injury and are also having some problems due to drug or alcohol use.
The workbook was designed by a partnership of people at Community Head Injury Resource Services of Toronto (CHIRS) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
The materials presented are based upon the programming provided at CAMH, Brentcliffe Site.
To get the most out of this workbook we strongly recommend that clients review it with a counsellor who is familiar with addictions and/or is helping people after brain injury.
Acquired Brain Injury counsellors using this workbook are encouraged to seek consultation from professionals with experience in the treatment of substance abuse.
Counsellors in addictions and substance abuse are encouraged to seek consultation from professionals with experience in the management of the effects of acquired brain injury.
How to use this workbook
Introduction to substance use and acquired brain injury
Section 1 Understanding the addiction cycle
Section 2 Tools to use during recovery
Section 3 Understanding yourself and your relationships
Section 4 Coping strategies for life
Section 5 Pulling it all together
Appendix A For more information
Appendix B Forms for reproduction
This workbook was put together for three groups of people:
It can be used as an aid in structuring individual counseling sessions with a client or as handouts for use in group settings. Each chapter is organized into the following sections to make the workbook easy to follow:
We recommend that each individual session or group work follow the structure suggested by the format of the workbook. Sessions should begin with a review of the goals, followed by the presentation of information, self assessment and personal goal-setting. In most chapters, information is brief enough that it can be reviewed with the client in a single session. However, there are some topic areas that are more complex and may take several sessions to review.
A recovery checklist is included in the Forms for reproduction section. Completing this form, or a similar plan at the end of each session, will help to keep clients focused on their particular goals. Getting in the habit of reviewing these each week will assist clients in organizing their thoughts, problem-solving, and follow-through.
A structured self-assessment is provided in most chapters. Worksheets and plans are provided to assist the client in applying the new information to their own plan of action.
The order of the chapters provides a logical sequence for the introduction of information. However, this order can be altered to fit the needs of a particular client or the structure of the program in which it is being used.
Please note that not all chapters contain all sections. Worksheets can be taken out of the workbook and used as handouts for groups.
This workbook is designed to be a resource for the following user groups:
Please click here to download the rest of the guide.
A Provider Manual can be obtained by registering at www.SUBI.ca. The manual is not available directly for download, but once you have registered, you will receive the pdf.
From the Substance Use and Brain Injury Client Workbook, written by Carolyn Lemsky, Heather Chisven, Tim Godden, Denis James, Jerry Schwalb, Pamela Kaufman, and Kelly Greer, Community Head Injury Resource Services of Toronto, 2005. Used with permission. Use of this material for profit is prohibited. www.SUBI.ca.