Family members and caregivers:
Do you ever worry— “What if they overdose?”
When you love someone who misuses opioids, the statistics can be overwhelming. More than two people die every day from opioid overdoses in Arizona.
But there’s more to the story — During an overdose, the brain’s oxygen supply is reduced or cut off entirely. The longer the brain goes with little or no oxygen, the greater the chances of lasting brain injury, even if someone survives the overdose. Every second counts.
Carry Narcan (Naloxone), the opioid overdose reversal drug, with you whenever possible, and learn how to use it. Encourage your loved one to practice harm reduction and to never use alone. Help them enter treatment if possible.
If you feel you or a loved one may have experienced a brain injury, let’s talk! The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona works with survivors and family members to provide them the guidance and resources they need to navigate life after brain injury.
Family Support for Addiction
- Employment Training & Volunteer Opportunities at Re:Start! ReSale Shop
- Interpersonal Violence Navigator for Those Recovering from Violent Encounters
- Peer Support for Veterans & Military Family
- Referrals for Alternative(?) Pain Management
- Statewide Outreach & Training for Addiction Centers
- Statewide Brain Injury Survivor Support Groups
- Virtual Support Group for Families Dealing with Addiction and Brain Injury
- Training on Addiction & Cognitive Impairment for Professionals, Family Members, & Survivors, with CEUs Available
- Transportation Passes in Tucson & Phoenix
- Virtual Educational Opportunities
Free Harm Reduction Tools
The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona provides free Narcan, lock boxes and gun locks to encourage safety and prevent brain injury. Check the items you are interested in.
Counseling Request Form
The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona (BIAAZ) has the opportunity to provide ten free sessions with a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) to survivors of brain injury and their family members who are at-risk or struggling with substance misuse.
Using substances other than as-prescribed by a healthcare provider can increase the risk of sustaining a brain injury due to falls, vehicle accidents, assaults, or family violence, as well as lead to homelessness and involvement in the justice system. Opioid use in particular can result in hypoxic or anoxic brain injuries (little or not oxygen to the brain) in the event of an overdose.
Survivors of brain injury are often prescribed opioid medications for pain management, and may be more likely to become dependent or addicted to them. They may also have a more difficult path to recovery from both the addiction and the brain injury.
We invite you to speak with us about your concerns and goals so you can make informed decisions regarding your health and safety. To request substance misuse and addiction counseling services, please fill out electronic form below.
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Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
5025 E. Washington St, Ste 106
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
1 (888) 500-9165
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BIAAZ is a chartered affiliate of the
United States Brain Injury Alliance.