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Substance Use Disorders among Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
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6/21/2017
When: June 21, 2017
9:00-12:15
Where: WakeMed Cary Hospital
1900 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC  27518
United States
Contact: Wake AHEC

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The purpose of this workshop is to help people begin to recognize signs and systems of individuals with substance use disorders and intellectual delays so that treatment outcomes can be more effective, despite its challenges. At this time research compiled on persons with Intellectual Delays and substance abuse, have been few, and case studies have been even fewer. This is concerning when you realize that these adults are using alcohol around the same rate of their non-cognitively-impaired counterparts, and illicit drug use occurs, though at a slightly lower level of usage. The consequences of that use have been detrimental. Many people who have ended up in the prison system were using alcohol or drugs when committing the offence. Many Intellectual delayed women have been referred to Child Protective Services because of their use and minimal understanding of parenting skills. Finally, when this population attends treatment, most treatment staff are not trained to recognize cognitive delays, and therefore are unable to address and implement necessary modifications for their client to be successful.

 

Continuing Education: 0.3 CEU

Cost: $45.00 Early Registration Fee

Faculty: Mandy Lees, MS, LCAS, CCS, NCC

 

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