Accession Number : ADA620285


Title :   Improving Care for Co-Occurring Psychological Health and Substance Use Disorders: An Implementation Evaluation of the Co-Occurring Disorders Clinician Training Program


Corporate Author : RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA


Personal Author(s) : Hepner, Kimberly A ; Ayer, Lynsay ; Venkatesh, Brinda ; Farmer, Carrie M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a620285.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 171


Abstract : In recent years, the prevalence of psychological health conditions among military service members has increased substantially (Institute of Medicine, 2013). Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), for example, has emerged as one of the most common psychological health conditions among younger veterans who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. Studies have shown that symptoms of PTSD among veterans frequently co-occur with substance use problems, leading to poorer overall health, and a greater difficulty reintegrating into civilian life. Patients with co-occurring psychological health and substance abuse conditions have unique treatment needs, and evidence suggests that integrated treatment for these conditions that is, treatment that brings together the treatment of both the substance use and psychological health disorders may be more effective than treating each condition separately or sequentially. Patients who do not receive integrated care for co-occurring disorders (CODs) are at risk for poorer outcomes chiefly because the care provided does not address the interrelationship between the psychological health and substance use disorders.


Descriptors :   *STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY) , MEDICAL SERVICES , MENTAL DISORDERS , MILITARY PERSONNEL , SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS


Subject Categories : Psychology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE