Date: 20 Nov 2012
The Role of Military and Veterans Affairs Chaplains in the Treatment of Alcohol Problems
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Chaplains can play a unique and valuable role in the treatment of alcohol dependence, a condition that has physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions. To best fulfill this role, chaplains need to have a broad understanding of the nature of alcohol problems and current strategies for effectively interacting with individuals who have these problems, especially those with severe problems, and with their families. This article is designed to expand the chaplain’s knowledge about alcohol use disorders as well as evidence-based treatments and to offer recommendations on how chaplains can promote recovery of individuals with alcohol-related problems.
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- 1. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University, 2009 Carriage Ct., Vienna, VA, 22181, USA
- 2. Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center, 508 Fulton St., Durham, NC, 27705, USA