Institute for Behavioral Health

Publications and Issue Briefs


Reif S, Mitra M (2022). The complexities of substance use disorder and people with disabilities: Current perspectivesDisability and Health Journal, 15(2).

Akobirshoev I, McKee M, Reif S, Adams RS, Li FS, Mitra M (2022). Opioid use disorder-related emergency department visits among deaf or hard of hearing adults in the United StatesDisability and Health Journal, 15(2).

Ledingham E, Adams RS, Heaphy D, Duarte A, Reif S (2022). Perspectives of adults with disabilities and opioid misuse: Qualitative findings illuminating experiences with stigma and substance use treatment. Disability and Health Journal, 15(2).

Reif S, Karriker-Jaffe KJ, Valentine A, Patterson D, Mericle AA, Adams RS, Greenfield TK (2022). Substance use and misuse patterns and disability status in the 2020 US National Alcohol Survey: A contributing role for chronic painDisability and Health Journal, 15(2).

Adams, RS. 2021. “Traumatic Brain Injury and Opioid Use: Additional Evidence Supporting the “Perfect Storm” of Cascading Vulnerabilities.” (2021). Preface to the Topical Issue on Traumatic Brain Injury and Opioids in Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Sep-Oct 01:36(5):303-309.
Rachel Sayko Adams, PhD, Co-PI of INROADS, guest edited a topical issue of Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation on "Traumatic Brain Injury and Opioids." The above preface is available for free from the publisher.

Adams, RS, Corrigan, JD, Ritter, GA, Hagemeyer, A, Pliskin, MB, and Reif, S. (2021). Association of Lifetime History of Traumatic Brain Injury with Prescription Opioid Use and Misuse among AdultsJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Sep-Oct 01:36(5):328-337.

Starosta, AJ, Adams, RS, Marwitz, J, Kreutzer, J, Monden, KR, Dams-O’Connor, K, and Hoffman, J. (2021). Scoping Review of Opioid Use after Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Sep-Oct 01:36(5):310-327.

Reif, S, Lauer, EA, Adams, RS, Brucker, DL, Ritter, GA, and Mitra, M. (2021). Examining Differences in Prescription Opioid Use Behaviors among U.S. Adults With and Without Disabilities. Preventive Medicine. 

Kumar, RG., Ornstein, KA., Corrigan, JD., Adams, RS, Dams-O'Connor, K. (2021). "Association between lifetime history of Traumatic Brain Injury, prescription opioid use and persistent pain: A nationally representative study." Journal of Neurotrauma.

Adams, RS, Corrigan, JD, Dams-O'Connor , K. (2019). "Opioid Use among Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Perfect Storm?Journal of Neurotrauma, 36, 1-6. PMID:31333067 

Corrigan, JD, and Adams,RS. (2019). "The Intersection between Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Opioid Use Disorder." Addictive Behaviors, 90, 143-145.

Issue Briefs

Opioid Use Among People with Traumatic Brain Injury 

Using opioids can be dangerous after a traumatic brain injury. Having programs and making new rules that give people the right supports can help them get and stay better.  Click here for the plain-language version

Connecting People with Disabilities and Opioid Use Disorder to Technology-Based Peer Support

Computers and mobile devices may help provide targeted approaches to peer support, especially if those approaches are designed to address the individual access needs of people with disabilities.

Opioid Use Disorder and People with Disabilities - Fact Sheet – Medication Treatment 

Medication treatment for opioid use disorders works, is safe, and has minimal side effects, for people with and without disabilities.

Peer Support for People with Substance Use Disorder

Many key ingredients of peer support in the disability world are the same as those in peer support for substance use, suggesting that individuals with both disabilities and opioid use disorder would benefit.

The Intersection between Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Opioid Use: Recommendations for Substance Use Treatment Providers

History of traumatic brain injury is common among clients being treated for opioid use disorder, and standard treatment approaches can be challenging.  Adaptations for people with TBI increase the likelihood of successful recovery from opioid use disorder.