Short Tilte:Post-injury substance abuse among persons with brain injury and persons with spinal cord injury
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):02, 16, 7, 583-592
Study compared post-injury patterns of alcohol and drug use among rehabilitation patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), matched for age, sex, race, and mechanism of injury. Data are from 52 patients in an urban rehabilitation center designated as a model system of care for TBI and SCI. It was found that people with SCI were more likely to drink on a daily basis and to use illicit drug than were people with TBI. Pre-injury drinking and drug use rates differed from post-injury rates for both groups; either people choose to abstain completely or appear to use alcohol frequently.