THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ADDICTION AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES
- December 11, 2018
Tragically, an estimated 2 million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) every year in the United States. In fact, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 52,000 people die each year, while an additional 275,000 will require hospitalization for their injuries (with 80% receiving treatment and being released). Simply put, you can begin to see why TBIs are such a serious issue in the U.S. Although a lot of people sustain injuries, a multitude of them leave the hospital and go home, where some of the worst symptoms begin to set in. So, what could possibly make this situation worse? How about throwing in addiction on top of this terrible condition? Let’s take a closer look at the connection between addiction and traumatic brain injuries.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
When people suffer from a traumatic brain injury, the impact of an object (resulting of a collision) will destroy sensitive brain tissue, which can cause severe swelling or bleeding. As a result, normal functions including neurochemical processing and oxygen flow will be stifled. In the worst case scenario, the victim will die. The two categories of TBIs include closed-head (an object does not pierce the skull) or open-head (an object cracked the skull and entered the brain). Other types include:
- Deceleration injuries
- Chemical/toxin-related injuries
- Brain tumors
- Brain infections
TBIs and Abuse/Addiction
Overall, the connections between TBIs and abuse/addiction actually go both ways. First, certain people may use drugs or alcohol after during an injury (resulting in a much longer recovery time). On the other hand, addicts and alcoholics have a much higher risk of TBIs due to their rampant lifestyles. In fact, recent statistics show that 1 out of 3 people who suffered TBIs also have a history of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or addiction.
Additional research reveals that TBI and addiction can be a deadly joint venture. In fact, when a person suffers from substance abuse or addiction, they are at a higher risk for these TBI-related outcomes:
- Higher chance of death
- Increased risk of further health complications
- Lower chance of discharge from a hospital
- Higher risk of disabilities
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