- Dealing with Phone, Mail, and E-scams, presented by the Michigan Attorney General’s office
- Sexuality and Relationships after a Traumatic Brain Injury, presented by Deborah Adams from Eisenhower Center
- Healthy Eating for a Healthy Brain, with Dr. Sarah Wice and Emily White from Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation
- Creating Your Recovery Based on Your Unique Talents, presented by Courtney Wang from Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center and survivor Barbaranne Branca.
Pictured above: Angela Haas, author of blog post
Risk Factors for Addiction
- Alcohol/Drug use or dependence prior to obtaining their brain injury
- History of mood disorders
- Current depressive disorder or symptoms of depression
- Addiction to tobacco
- Family history of addiction
- Poor social skills
- Early use in adolescence
- Stress at home
- Unhelpful support group or lack of natural supports
- Lack of health insurance or access to health care
Questions to ask if you fear that you or someone you love may have an addiction and need support
- Do they go through withdrawals if/when they stop using?
- Do they have to take larger amounts or over a longer time period than intended?
- Has their use resulted in a failure to fulfill major obligations at work, school, or home?
- Have they continued to use despite continuous problems with using?
- Have they made unsuccessful attempts to cut down?
- Do they have cravings, or a strong desire to use?
- Have they given up important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of use?
- Do they continue to use in situations where it is physically hazardous?
- Do they continue to use despite knowledge of having physical/psychological dependence?
- Do they spend a great deal of their time obtaining, using, or recovering from its effects?
Want help?There are many avenues to find support, whether one has commercial insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or no insurance at all. You can call your local Behavioral Health Authority, and talk to someone who can immediately assess your need for treatment and link you to the appropriate resources. Treatment can involve medical supervision, individual or group therapy, peer support, 12 step recovery, case management, family therapy, and psychiatric services. Below are several links depending on your need:
- Contact MI 2-1-1: Help is available 24/7. This is accessible via phone, live chat, text, or by searching online.
- Michigan’s Opioid Treatment Directory (SAMHSA)
- Find a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Meeting in your area
- Find an Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) Meeting in your area
- Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI)
- Self-medicate for severe/chronic pain from their injuries
- Cope with the trauma that they have endured
- Try to combat their symptoms of depression due to a loss they have experienced in their life
- Escape from their new reality
- Use due to an underlying mental health condition
As a normally positive and upbeat young woman, Jodi’s physical, cognitive, and psychological challenges made that outlook almost impossible to maintain. “I had a month of falling into deep depression because I didn't think life would ever become the same. I have been blessed with an amazingly supportive family and if it weren't for them, I don't know what I would have done!” Her condition led to a reexamination of her life and goals, and during this period she realized she wanted nothing more than to help others become the best possible versions of themselves. It is what she felt she was meant to do. Through this realization, she found the strength and resolve to work toward recovery.
Six months later, Jodi was back in college. Since then, she graduated from Hope College, was married, competed and won the title of Mrs. Michigan America 2018, and will soon be competing for the national title of Mrs. America. Since her recovery, Jodi has been dedicated to raising awareness for brain injury. Even before competing for Mrs. Michigan America, she started an online concussion group through Facebook called “Maintain the Brain.” Best of all, today she no longer experiences lingering effects of her brain injury. When asked, Jodi recognizes how unique her recovery was. “I am blessed to have no reoccurring symptoms, but many survivors still do. Therefore, I urge people to be patient, be supportive, and offer grace to fellow brain injury survivors.”