6006 – Triple Whammy: Barriers, Behavioral and Addiction Issues after Brain Injury
Individuals living with a brain injury are at a greater risk for behavioral health and substance use disorders. These problems can be exacerbations of pre-injury disorders or may be problems arising from the person’s response to their brain injury. The higher prevalence of psychosocial problems creates significant difficulties for the person in the restoration of their sense of self and in returning to effective social roles in their lives. Using three case studies, this presentation addresses the psychosocial problems faced by people living with brain injuries and co-occurring conditions. Through the case examples the resources, ongoing rehabilitation and case management needed by these individuals will be identified.
1. To review the key studies involving people living with brain injury and co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.
2. To consider the significance of restoration of self and return to social role as important to the outcome of long-term outcomes of brain injury.
3. To identify resources that are needed to prevent aspects of psychosocial problems, which effect quality of life and health.