Addiction denial and cognitive dysfunction: a preliminary investigation.

  title={Addiction denial and cognitive dysfunction: a preliminary investigation.},
  author={William E Rinn and Nitigna Desai and Harold Rosenblatt and David R. Gastfriend},
  journal={The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences},
  volume={14 1},
This study explored the proposition that denial of addiction is often more a product of cognitive failure due to cerebral dysfunction than an emotion-driven rejection of the truth. Forty-four subjects were studied in an inpatient alcohol rehabilitation program. Denial was defined as the proportion of standardized denial-related treatment goals established at admission that remained unachieved at discharge. Cognitive deficiencies were identified through neuropsychological assessments. Persistent… CONTINUE READING
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