Substance Use and Traumatic Brain Injury Risk Reduction and Prevention

(DVD) 2011, 7 minutes, Professionals, VA VISN

People who have experienced traumatic brain injury must learn how the brain works and heals. If alcohol or other drugs are used at this time, recovery can be substantially slowed as it interferes with new connections being made in the brain. As well, it puts the person at risk for having another injury due to inebriation and loss of coordination. Using alcohol takes the brain longer to heal, interferes with mood, adds to depression that may already be present from the injury, and can interfere with learning.

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