At-risk substance use and substance use disorders

John D. Corrigan, Rachel Sayko Adams, Kristen Dams-O’Connor

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Rehabilitation professionals working with people who have incurred a traumatic brain injury (TBI) cannot avoid the issue of alcohol and other drug use. This chapter provides a review of past and current research on TBI and the use of alcohol and other drugs. It describes injury-related characteristics with implications for later rehabilitation including pertinence for prognostication. The chapter summarizes the research on TBI and at-risk substance use in rehabilitation patients and describes the impact on long-term outcomes. It presents a brief summary of what is known about these co-occurring conditions in other treatment settings and at-risk populations. The chapter reviews the treatment studies that have specifically addressed substance use disorders following TBI is followed by presentation of a theoretical model for conceptualizing treatment goals based on severity of the conditions and settings for intervention. It discusses the best practices for clinical use in rehabilitation using the model as a framework.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrain Injury Medicine, Third Edition
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780826143051
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021


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