Institute for Behavioral Health

Publications and Issue Briefs



Adams, R. S., Corrigan, J. D., Ritter, G. A., Pringle, Z. A., Zolotusky, G., Blayney, R., & Reif, S. (2024). Association of Disability Status and Type With Binge Drinking and Prescription Opioid Misuse Among Adults From a 3-State Sample. Substance Use & Addiction Journal, 29767342241236027.

Reif, S., Lee, M. T., & Ledingham, E. (2023). The Intersection of Disability With Substance Use and Addiction. In S. Reif, M. T. Lee, & E. Ledingham, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Global Public Health. Oxford University Press.

Thomas, C. P., Stewart, M. T., Ledingham, E., Adams, R. S., Panas, L., & Reif, S. (2023). Quality of Opioid Use Disorder Treatment for Persons With and Without Disabling Conditions. JAMA Network Open, 6(3), e232052.

Akobirshoev, I., McKee, M. M., Reif, S., Adams, R. S., Li, F. S., & Mitra, M. (2022). Opioid use disorder-related emergency department visits among deaf or hard of hearing adults in the United States. Disability and Health Journal, 15(2), 101291.

Ledingham, E., Adams, R. S., 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), 101292.

Reif, S., Karriker-Jaffe, K. J., Valentine, A., Patterson, D., Mericle, A. A., Adams, R. S., & Greenfield, T. K. (2022). Substance use and misuse patterns and disability status in the 2020 US National Alcohol Survey: A contributing role for chronic pain. Disability and Health Journal, 15(2), 101290.

Reif, S., & Mitra, M. (2022). The complexities of substance use disorder and people with disabilities: Current perspectives. Disability and Health Journal, 15(2), 101285.

Adams, R., Corrigan, J., Ritter, G., Pringle, Z., & Reif, S. (2021). Examining the Association of Disability Status with Prescription-Opioid Use and Alcohol Use Behaviors Among Adults in Ohio. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 102(10), e17–e18.

Adams, R. S. (2021). Traumatic Brain Injury and Opioid Use: Additional Evidence Supporting the “Perfect Storm” of Cascading Vulnerabilities. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 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, R. S., Corrigan, J. D., Ritter, G. A., Hagemeyer, A., Pliskin, M. B., & Reif, S. (2021). Association of Lifetime History of Traumatic Brain Injury With Prescription Opioid Use and Misuse Among Adults. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 36(5), 328–337.

Kumar, R. G., Ornstein, K. A., Corrigan, J. D., Sayko Adams, R., & 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, 38(16), 2284–2290.

Reif, S., Lauer, E. A., Adams, R. S., Brucker, D. L., Ritter, G. A., & Mitra, M. (2021). Examining differences in prescription opioid use behaviors among U.S. adults with and without disabilities. Preventive Medicine, 153, 106754.

Starosta, A. J., Adams, R. S., Marwitz, J. H., Kreutzer, J., Monden, K. R., Dams O’Connor, K., & Hoffman, J. (2021). Scoping Review of Opioid Use After Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 36(5), 310–327.

Adams, R. S., Corrigan, J. D., & Dams-O’Connor, K. (2020). Opioid Use among Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Perfect Storm? Journal of Neurotrauma, 37(1), 211–216.

Karriker-Jaffe, K. J., Reif, S., Mericle, A. A., Adams, R. S., Patterson, D., Greenfield, T. K., & Valentine, A. (2020). Alcohol and Drug Use Patterns Among Adults With Disabilities. Alcoholism- Clinical and Experimental Research, 44, 169.

Corrigan, J. D., & Adams, R. S. (2019). The intersection of lifetime history of traumatic brain injury and the opioid epidemic. Addictive Behaviors, 90, 143–145.

Warfield, M. E., Adams, R. S., Ritter, G. A., Valentine, A., Williams, T. V., & Larson, M. J. (2018). Health care utilization among children with chronic conditions in military families. Disability and Health Journal, 11(4), 624–631.

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.