TBI, Substance Use: This Is Your Injured Brain on Drugs and Alcohol

Jan. 12, 2017; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Addiction to substances and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are two very different medical diagnoses. However, medical providers report an increase in patients who experience both conditions at the same time. Though these conditions usually have separate treatment plans, there are health risks to treating one without attention to the other.

Addiction, and active substance use, may significantly worsen a patient’s brain injury, prevent full recovery and increase the risk for repeated TBI.

Webinar presenters will explore the complexity and importance of screening TBI patients for substance use, and highlight the specific concerns and complications associated with a patient’s continued substance use.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will:

  • Discuss the prevalence of patients with both substance use disorders and TBI.
  • Articulate factors that impact diagnosis and recovery when TBI and substance use disorders are both present.
  • Examine the roles of early detection, education and intervention for substance use disorders among TBI patients to improve prognoses for full TBI recovery.


Ezra J. Aune, MBA, ADCII, CCS
Regional Program Manager, West Contract support to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) Naval Medical Center San Diego San Diego, California
Lars Hungerford, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Senior Clinical Research Director Contract support to DVBIC Naval Medical Center San Diego San Diego, California


Angela Basham, MPH, CHES
Regional Education Coordinator Contract support to DVBIC Naval Medical Center San Diego San Diego, California

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) Jan. 12, 2017, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and TBI care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.


Sign up for the webinar. Please note: registration is required for each webinar, regardless if the participant has an existing PESG account. Upon completion of registration, you will receive a confirmation email with webinar event details.

Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Collaboration Services to attend the webinar.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email the DCoE webinar team.

This page was last updated on: April 19, 2017.