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Substance Abuse and Traumatic Brain Injury

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have issued an advisory, "Treating Clients with Traumatic Brain Injury," Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory, Volume 9, Issue 2.  This publication will help substance abuse treatment and behavioral health professionals whose clients are affected by a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI frequently co-occurs with a behavioral health disorder. It can cause a wide range of cognitive and behavioral effects that interfere with a client's ability to adhere to substance abuse treatment.

Risk of psychiatric disorders, such as depression and generalized anxiety disorder, is elevated following TBI. Individuals diagnosed with psychiatric disorders conversely have a higher risk for TBI. This Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory provides guidance to substance abuse treatment and behavioral health professionals on working with their clients affected by TBI to promote their successful recovery from both conditions.

The Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory is a bulletin that provides substance abuse and behavioral health treatment providers and others with information on emerging issues and hot topics that have immediate consequences for those in the behavioral health field.

 The Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory can be obtained by clicking:  

"Treating Clients with Traumatic Brain Injury," Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory, Volume 9, Issue 2

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