I am not a medical doctor.
For many years, I got to know catastrophically injured people as their lawyer. What I mean by catastrophically injured people is people whose bodies were mangled when they were run over by 18-wheeler trucks, or people whose bodies were crushed when they were surprised by a construction defect or people who were burned over most of their body. Catastrophic.
What I mean by “got to know” is that over months or years, I was honored that clients shared their lives with me – and let me share my life with them. Part of this sharing was that I got to watch them heal or not heal over time.
A clear observation that I made over time was the clients who admitted to drinking alcohol healed slower. Clients who admitted to tobacco use did not heal.