Veterans' alcohol and drug use: Highlights
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|The NSDUH Report: Major Depressive Episode and Treatment for Depression among Veterans Aged 21 to 39|
Alcohol and Drug Use Among Veterans
NSDUH Report: Major Depressive Episode and Treatment for Depression
among Veterans Aged 21 to 39
data from SAMHSA's 2004 to 2007 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health
indicate than an annual average of 9.3% (312,000) veterans aged 21 to
39 experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
veterans aged 21 to 39 with a major depressive episode in the past year,
51.7% reported severe impairment in at least one of four role
domains (i.e., home management, work, close relationships with others,
and social life) and 23.5% reported very severe impairment in
at least one of the domains.
than half (59.6%) of veterans aged 21 to 39 who experienced a major
depressive episode in the past year received treatment for depression
in the past year.|
The NSDUH Report: Substance Use, Dependence, and Treatment among Veterans SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that in 2003, an estimated 3.5% of veterans used marijuana in the past month compared with 3.0% of their nonveteran counterparts. Past month heavy use of alcohol was more prevalent among veterans (7.5%) than comparable nonveterans (6.5%). Estimated rates of dependence on alcohol and/or illicit drugs did not differ significantly between veterans and nonveterans. An estimated 0.8% of veterans received specialty treatment for a substance use disorder (alcohol or illicit drugs) in the past year compared with 0.5% of comparable nonveterans.
The DASIS Report: Availability of HIV Services in Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities: 2004 SAMHSA's National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) is an annual census of all known public and private facilities in the U.S. that provide substance abuse treatment. In 2004, of the 13,454 substance abuse treatment facilities that responded to SAMHSA's National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, 31% provided HIV testing, 56% offered HIV education/counseling/support groups, and 12% offered special programs or groups for persons with HIV/AIDS. Among the private for-profit organizations, 20% provided offered HIV testing, 44% offered HIV education/counseling/support groups, and 10% offered special programs or groups for persons with HIV/AIDS. Among facilities offering outpatient services, those offering outpatient methadone maintenance were the most likely to offer HIV/AIDS services. Facilities operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs were most likely to offer HIV testing (94%).
The DASIS Report: Veterans in Substance Abuse Treatment: 1995-2000 Based on SAMHSA's 2000 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), the number of veterans admitted to substance abuse treatment exceeded 55,000 admissions; 3,000 of these were female veterans. Female veteran admissions were less likely than male veteran admissions to report alcohol as their primary substance and more likely to report cocaine as their primary substance of abuse. Between 1995 and 2000, the proportion of both veteran and non veteran admissions with a psychiatric problem in addition to a substance abuse problem increased. In all years between 1995 and 2000, female veteran admissions had higher proportions of Blacks than did male veteran admissions.
The DASIS Report: Characteristics of Homeless Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment According to SAMHSA's Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), more than 120,000 admissions to substance abuse treatment in 2000 were homeless at time of admission. Admissions who were homeless were more likely to be veterans and were older (average age 38 years) than admissions who were not homeless (age 33). Among the homeless: whites were most likely to be admitted for alcohol (61%) and opiates (17%); Blacks for alcohol (37%), smoked cocaine (37%), and opiates (15%); Hispanics for alcohol (48%) and opiates (33%); American Indians/Alaska Natives for alcohol (80%); and Asian/Pacific Islanders for alcohol (45%), stimulants (21%), and opiates (13%).
The DASIS Report: Characteristics of Substance Abuse Facilities Owned by the Department of Veterans Affairs, 2000. In 2000, the typical daily number of clients enrolled in facilities owned by the Veteran Administration (VA) was about three times higher than the number enrolled in non VA facilities. Almost 93 percent of Veteran Administration owned facilities were located in or operated by hospitals compared with 15 percent of non VA facilities. An average of 33 percent of substance abuse treatment clients enrolled in Veteran Administration owned facilities were being treated for alcohol abuse only.
The DASIS Report: Veterans in Substance Abuse Treatment In 1999, veterans accounted for more than 65,000 admissions for substance abuse treatment. Although primary alcohol admissions among veterans had declined since 1993, more than two-thirds of veteran admissions in 1999 were for alcohol. The most common source of referral for veterans was the criminal justice system.
This page was last updated on December 30, 2008.