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(p. 142) Substance Use Disorders Among Veterans 

(p. 142) Substance Use Disorders Among Veterans
(p. 142) Substance Use Disorders Among Veterans

Amee B. Patel

, Sandra B. Morissette

, Lori K. Holleran Steiker

, and Audrey M. Sorrells

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date: 29 October 2020

Substance use among veterans is a significant and costly public health concern. In addition to contributing to the development of substance use disorders, excessive substance use can maintain or exacerbate physical, psychological, or psychosocial problems that lead to greater functional impairment and distress among veterans. This chapter provides an overview of strategies to assess and treat substance use disorders within a veteran population. It examines factors contributing to the development and maintenance of substance use disorders. These disorders are differentiated into those that existed prior to military service, those that originated during military service, and those that arose following military discharge. The impact of these factors on veterans’ willingness to initiate and engage in treatment is discussed. Finally, the chapter provides an overview of clinical resources to aid in the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders and discusses opportunities for community partnerships.

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