Substance abuse services and gambling treatment in the military


Although substance-related problems continue among uniformed personnel, significant attention has been given to reducing their impact across the military community. This chapter addresses the widespread prevention efforts under way throughout the military (e.g., zero tolerance, deglamorization campaigns, random urinalysis, and mandatory education), early intervention services (e.g., alcohol screenings and intense education), the components of a comprehensive evaluation of a possible substance or gambling disorder, and the comorbidity of substance use disorders (SUDs) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The final section examines treatment options available for active-duty service members who experience problems with alcohol, drugs, and/or gambling (e.g., outpatient, intensive outpatient, and residential treatment).

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