Substance use histories were obtained from 103 persons with recent spinal cord injuries (SCI). Lifetime exposure to and recent use of several substances with abuse potential were greater than for a like-age national sample. Intoxication at time of injury was reported by 39%. The rate of exposure to and recent use of substances with abuse potential was significantly greater for persons who reported intoxication at injury. These results suggest that intoxication at SCI onset is a marker of preinjury substance use, and that it is important to screen for substance abuse in persons who incur traumatic injury. Timely assessment of and intervention for substance abuse could help enhance psychosocial and vocational outcomes.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health