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Intervening to Reduce Suicide Risk in Veterans with Substance Use Disorders

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Technical Report,30 Dec 2014,29 Dec 2015

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Regents of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor United States

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Reducing suicide risk among active duty soldiers and Veterans is a national priority. Because substance use disorders SUDs are key risk factors for both fatal and non-fatal suicidal behaviors, SUD treatment program staff are in frequent contact with high-risk individuals. However, no data exist on the efficacy of suicide-specific interventions conducted in SUD Treatment. The proposed research study addresses this gap by testing the efficacy of a targeted intervention designed to reduce suicide risk in Veterans treated for SUDs. The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of a Cognitive BehavioralTherapy CBT intervention compared to a Supportive Psycho-education Control SPC conditionon subsequent suicidal thoughts and behaviors in Veterans with SUDs. During this research period, project staff have been refining study materials and measures, hiring key project staff, submitting applications to various regulatory boards for approval, receiving.

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