Substance abuse is the overindulgence in, compulsive use of, or dependence on drugs and/or alcohol, particularly to the point of interference with work, home, or social life.
Any substance use by an individual who has suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), including a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), can have serious repercussions. It can make recovery times longer and symptoms worse, as well as interacting poorly with prescribed medications.
Yet, there are several connections between substance abuse and brain injury. The following are many of the reasons why you or your loved one may develop a substance abuse problem after suffering from a TBI:
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