Traumatic Brain Injury and the Misuse of Alcohol, Opioids, and Cannabis
International Review of Neurobiology
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), most often classified as concussion, is caused by biomechanical forces to the brain resulting in short- or long-term impairment in brain function. TBI resulting from military combat, sports, violence, falls, and vehicular accidents is a major cause of long-term physical, cognitive, and psychiatric dysfunction. Psychiatric disorders associated with TBI include depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder, all having significant implications for post-TBI recovery and rehabilitation. This chapter reviews the current preclinical and clinical literature describing the bidirectional relationship between TBI and misuse of three commonly abused drugs: alcohol, opioids, and cannabis. We highlight the influence of each of these drugs on the incidence of TBI, as well as trends in their use after TBI. Furthermore, we discuss factors that may underlie post-injury substance use. Understanding the complex relationship between TBI and substance misuse will enhance the clinical treatment of individuals suffering from these two highly comorbid conditions.
Jacotte-Simancas, Alejandra; Fucich, Elizabeth A.; Stielper, Zachary F.; and Molina, Patricia E., "Traumatic Brain Injury and the Misuse of Alcohol, Opioids, and Cannabis" (2020). School of Medicine Faculty Publications. 331.