Assessment and treatment of cognitive impairment in people with alcohol and other drug use disorders


The aim of this research is to assess levels of cognitive impairment in drug and alcohol treatment clients, in order to inform development of cognitive remediation and rehabilitation treatment programs.


Dr Lauren Monds

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Camperdown - School of Medical Sciences

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Substance abuse in Australia is highly prevalent. Results from experimental research suggest that even small amounts of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) can negatively impact cognitive functions such as attention, perception and memory. Longer-term heavy substance use may contribute to more lasting brain damage. Importantly, some of the cognitive harms caused by substance abuse may be decreased or reversed if substance use is ceased and/or cognitive training is undertaken. We are currently undertaking multiple projects looking at how to best screen AOD clients for cognitive impairment, and the development of treatment programs to rehabilitate cognition.

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cognition, memory, Alcohol, Drugs, psychopharmacology

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2423

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