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Head Trauma and Addiction

Head Trauma and AddictionHead trauma and brain damage can result from many causes: car accidents, war combat, athletics, physical fights and more. It can develop from a one-time instance or from reoccurring damage. This physical trauma can lead to many serious repercussions, most notably permanent brain damage.

Head trauma is distinguished by symptoms of disorientation, mental confusion, memory impairment, frequent headaches or migraines, impaired judgment and lack of impulse control. Many possible physical, psychological and social issues can result from head trauma, all with the potential to cripple one’s overall functioning and quality of life.

How Head Trauma Can Cause Addition

There are a few reasons for the relationship between head trauma and addiction. First, the brain damage caused by head trauma is responsible for deteriorating the brain’s frontal lobe, which is in charge of one’s impulse control. Individuals who lack the ability to manage impulses will think and act differently than when their frontal lobes were intact. Drugs, alcohol, unprotected sex and behavior that is aggressive, violent and reckless are all common issues that many people avoid when they have the ability to do so. However, if head trauma causes someone to lose this self control, she may abuse drugs or alcohol and develop a full-on addiction.

Second, individuals with head trauma are often in immense pain. Headaches, migraines, mental confusion and other symptoms of head trauma are difficult to live with, especially when they occur so often. To alleviate these symptoms, people often self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Even those who receive prescription painkillers from a medical professional can fall into abuse patterns that influence addiction. The temporary relief provided by drugs or alcohol makes someone with impaired judgment an easy target for addiction. Head trauma and brain damage can also impair the brain or one’s chemical equilibrium, which can result in mental health illness. Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s, psychosis and other mental health issues of head trauma can all develop, which also encourage drug abuse. Most of these issues are chronic and call for long-term treatment.

Lastly, the event or experience where the trauma took place can be so horrifying that the individual may develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some head trauma is caused during combat, a natural disaster, violent or sexual crime and more. These events can cause severe psychological damage on top of brain damage. Vivid visions, hallucinations, flashbacks, nightmares and other symptoms can cause avoidance, isolation, anxiety, depression, insomnia and suicidal thoughts. PTSD is a mental health illness that often results in substance abuse and addiction. Along with head trauma, PTSD makes people highly susceptible to addiction and other reckless behavior from impaired judgment.

Help for Addiction and Head Trauma

A life that involves addiction offers little or no future. When head trauma and other underlying issues instigate addiction, people can fall into a lifestyle they never wanted. If you struggle with substance abuse or addiction problems from head trauma, take control of your future right now and get help. You can call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline now to speak with a trained addiction counselor who can assist you with all of your questions, concerns and recovery needs. Our counselors are ready to talk with you about your individual problems and to help you find the treatment program that will meet your specific needs. Don’t waste your life on addiction; get help today finding recovery.

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