Brain Injury & Addiction

Vinland Center

shattered headA brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone. Brain injuries do not discriminate. An injury that happens in an instant can cause a lifetime of physical, cognitive and behavior challenges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have a long-term need for help to perform activities of daily living as the result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Mixing Alcohol and Drugs with a Brain Injury

There are many reasons why using drugs and alcohol after a brain injury is not recommended. Here are a few of the key reasons:

  • Alcohol and other drugs impair a brain’s ability to heal after an injury, slowing recovery.
  • Brain injuries cause problems with balance, walking, or talking that get worse when a person uses alcohol or other drugs.
  • Brain injuries cause problems with concentration and memory, and using alcohol or other drugs makes…

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