888-500-9165 | Statewide Info-line info@biaaz.org

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An opioid overdose cuts off oxygen to the brain, often causing hypoxic or anoxic brain injury, even if the overdose is reversed with Narcan (Naloxone). 

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Even if you are revived and your life is saved, every overdose increases your risk of lasting damage to the brain.

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If you have ever overdosed and now feel “different,” it is possible you have experienced a brain injury, which may result in temporary or permanent cognitive and/or physical impairments.

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Opioids &
Substance Use Disorder

Opioids & Substance Use Disorder

Did You Know?

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An opioid overdose cuts off oxygen to the brain, often causing hypoxic or anoxic brain injury, even if the overdose is reversed with Narcan (Naloxone). 

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Even if you are revived and your life is saved, every overdose increases your risk of lasting damage to the brain.

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If you have ever overdosed and now feel “different,” it is possible you have experienced a brain injury, which may result in temporary or permanent cognitive and/or physical impairments.

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The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona presents —

Hosted by Liz Bradley

This podcast explores the connections between brain injury and substance use, misuse, & addiction. Tune in for short interviews with professionals as well as people with lived experience. Learn about brain injury as both a cause and effect of substance misuse.

Harm Reduction with Haley Coles & Eden Naut

Our first episode centers around harm reduction and active addiction featuring Haley Coles from Sonoran Prevention Works and stand-up comedian Eden Nault, who talks about his ongoing addiction to methamphetamine.

Recovery with Meghan Perez & Dr. Suzanne O'Connor

Episode two features Meghan Perez, a Peer Development Specialist at Terros Health, recounts her story of triumph over brain injury, abuse, and addiction, and Dr. Suzanne O’Connor, a clinical neuropsychologist at Barrow Neurological Institute’s Center for Transitional Neurorehabilitation.

Brain Injury & Substance Use Disorder

About Brain Injury and the Opioid Epidemic

It is no secret that the United States is in the midst of an Opioid Epidemic. In 2017, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Eric D. Hargan declared a public health emergency to address the national opioid crisis. Today, about 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

But how does this relate to brain injury?

People with TBI are more likely to be prescribed opioids than those without. In fact, 70% of people receiving rehabilitation for TBI receive an opioid prescription. A person with a brain injury may be more susceptible to opioid addiction. Once a dependence on the drug has formed, a person with TBI may have more challenges when seeking treatment and recovery.

On the flip side, opioid use or misuse may put a person at a higher risk of acquiring a brain injury. These drugs may make individuals more likely to experience a fall, a vehicle accident, assault or family violence. There is also the possibility that a person using opioids will experience an overdose.

When a person overdoses on opioids, their breathing slows or stops altogether. This deprives the brain of oxygen, which can result in hypoxic (not enough oxygen) or anoxic (no oxygen) brain injury. Even if a person survives the overdose thanks to the overdose-reversal drug Naloxone (Narcan), there still may be lasting effects on the brain. Most people who overdose will do so more than once, and every subsequent overdose means more possible injury to the brain.

Struggling with substance use is hard enough on its own, and it can be even more difficult for someone with a brain injury. If you or someone you love struggles with one or both of these conditions, the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona can offer guidance, resources and support. We are dedicated to raising awareness and working toward prevention of future brain injuries.

If you have any questions about brain injury, substance use, harm reduction or recovery, give us a call to speak with a member of our Resource Facilitation team. You are NOT alone and there IS help.

Call our Statewide Neuro Info-line 1 (888) 500-9165 or email us at info@biaaz.org .

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The Link Between Brain Injury & Opioid Misuse

 

Dr. David Adelson and Miss America Camille Schrier discuss the link between brain injury and opioid misuse. 

Recovery and Family Support Specialist Liz Bradley

BIAAZ’s Recovery and Family Support Specialist Liz Bradley talks about what we are doing to help people who are at risk, struggling with, or recovering from substance misuse.

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State Opioid Response Team

Janice Podzimek

Janice Podzimek

Interpersonal Violence Liaison

Certified Brain Injury Specialist

Luke Fadell

Luke Fadell

Military Family Services Coordinator

Veteran and Family Navigator

Liz Bradley

Liz Bradley

Southern Arizona Outreach Coordinator

Certified Recovery Support Specialist

About Janice

Janice comes to the Brain Injury Alliance with more than 15 years of experience in the field of brain injury programs and services. Her training in trauma awareness and resiliency has also allowed her to work extensively with underserved communities such as Native Americans and persons of color through both a brain injury and trauma-informed lens.

Janice’s desire for a warmer climate brought her to the Alliance in 2014 for a two-year stint. In January 2020, she returned as an integral member of the Brain injury Alliance’s State Opioid Response Team. This former singer is married with four children and loves to go to concerts when there isn’t a pandemic.

About Luke

Luke has a special interest in supporting veterans of all eras who seek to live well after service connected or post-deployment brain injury.

Supported by a vetted database of neuro-providers, Luke works in tandem with Medication Assisted Treatment Centers, the VA, healthcare providers, and human service organizations to help clients overcome barriers to stay housed and healthy.  He currently serves on the VA Mental Health Advisory Board, West Valley Human Services Alliance, and Veterans Action Team. He is also the organization’s Certified Peer Support Specialist and is working toward a Military and Veterans Health, Policy, and Advocacy credential from William & Mary Law School.

Since his father was a Pacific Marine in World War II and his father-in-law served in Vietnam, he is honored to be part of a military family. A Desert Storm veteran himself, Luke connects Arizona military families with resources and services, as well as providing support for enlisted members caring for a parent or child with a brain injury.

When he is not in the community raising awareness or helping clients, Luke enjoys golfing, relaxing with a good cigar, and time with his three grandchildren, Lily, Liam, and Patton.

About Liz

Liz is a member of the Brain Injury Alliance’s State Opioid Response (SOR) team, with a special interest in substance misuse prevention, harm reduction, and recovery. She is a Certified Recovery Support Specialist, helping brain injury survivors and others who struggle with substance misuse, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Liz is a content expert on addiction and brain injury and hosts a limited-edition podcast, Your Brain on Drugs.

What’s more, she is dedicated to helping family members coping with a loved one’s addiction find peace and support through free counseling programs and the Families of Brain Injury Support group she co-facilitates. Always encouraging volunteer engagement, she runs the Vulnerable Populations and Education Committees.

Along with Carrie and Will, Liz is a leader in the Leading Practice Academy on Criminal and Juvenile Justice that will bring best practices to Arizona to address brain injury in the criminal justice system in a sustainable and community-oriented way. Working with the Brain Injury Alliance has been a dream come true, and she is thrilled to be part of such an incredible team.

Janice Podzimek

Janice Podzimek

Interpersonal Violence Liaison

Certified Brain Injury Specialist

About Janice

Janice comes to the Brain Injury Alliance with more than 15 years of experience in the field of brain injury programs and services. Her training in trauma awareness and resiliency has also allowed her to work extensively with underserved communities such as Native Americans and persons of color through both a brain injury and trauma-informed lens.

Janice’s desire for a warmer climate brought her to the Alliance in 2014 for a two-year stint. In January 2020, she returned as an integral member of the Brain injury Alliance’s State Opioid Response Team. This former singer is married with four children and loves to go to concerts when there isn’t a pandemic.

Luke Fadell

Luke Fadell

Military Family Services Coordinator

Veteran and Family Navigator

About Luke

Luke has a special interest in supporting veterans of all eras who seek to live well after service connected or post-deployment brain injury.

Supported by a vetted database of neuro-providers, Luke works in tandem with Medication Assisted Treatment Centers, the VA, healthcare providers, and human service organizations to help clients overcome barriers to stay housed and healthy.  He currently serves on the VA Mental Health Advisory Board, West Valley Human Services Alliance, and Veterans Action Team. He is also the organization’s Certified Peer Support Specialist and is working toward a Military and Veterans Health, Policy, and Advocacy credential from William & Mary Law School.

Since his father was a Pacific Marine in World War II and his father-in-law served in Vietnam, he is honored to be part of a military family. A Desert Storm veteran himself, Luke connects Arizona military families with resources and services, as well as providing support for enlisted members caring for a parent or child with a brain injury.

When he is not in the community raising awareness or helping clients, Luke enjoys golfing, relaxing with a good cigar, and time with his three grandchildren, Lily, Liam, and Patton.

Liz Bradley

Liz Bradley

Southern Arizona Outreach Coordinator

Certified Recovery Support Specialist

About Liz

Liz is a member of the Brain Injury Alliance’s State Opioid Response (SOR) team, with a special interest in substance misuse prevention, harm reduction, and recovery. She is a Certified Recovery Support Specialist, helping brain injury survivors and others who struggle with substance misuse, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Liz is a content expert on addiction and brain injury and hosts a limited-edition podcast, Your Brain on Drugs.

What’s more, she is dedicated to helping family members coping with a loved one’s addiction find peace and support through free counseling programs and the Families of Brain Injury Support group she co-facilitates. Always encouraging volunteer engagement, she runs the Vulnerable Populations and Education Committees.

Along with Carrie and Will, Liz is a leader in the Leading Practice Academy on Criminal and Juvenile Justice that will bring best practices to Arizona to address brain injury in the criminal justice system in a sustainable and community-oriented way. Working with the Brain Injury Alliance has been a dream come true, and she is thrilled to be part of such an incredible team.

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