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Substance Use Disorders in the United States Military: Current Approaches and Future Directions

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This chapter focuses on current approaches in addressing substance use disorders in the United States military services. There has been a cultural shift within the armed forces, promoting the military services as professional organizations with a highly skilled, highly educated workforce, dealing with very real threats from around the world. Substance use disorders negatively affect the overall fitness and effectiveness of service members and the mission readiness of military units. In today’s military, there is an emphasis on the use of evidence-based approaches for prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders.

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  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Substance use disorders
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Prevention
  • Military

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Schmid, B. et al. (2017). Substance Use Disorders in the United States Military: Current Approaches and Future Directions. In: Bowles, S., Bartone, P. (eds) Handbook of Military Psychology. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-66192-6_9

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