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Analysis of individuals with co-occurring disorders: A comparison of veterans and nonveterans.
Comparing Veterans and Non-veterans Receiving Substance Abuse Treatment: An Analysis [symposium presentation]
Although important separately, the combination of mental illness and substance abuse presents unique difficulties and treatment considerations. This study aims to describe the differences between Veterans and non-Veterans with co-occurring disorders. An analysis of the Treatment Episode Data Set-Discharge (TEDS-D) dataset was completed to determine if differences exist between Veterans and non-Veterans with co-occurring disorders. Demographic comparisons found significant differences between the groups: Veterans tended to be male, older, and have a higher level of education. With respect to clinical characteristics, Veterans reported more alcohol abuse, less opioid use, and less cannabinoid use. A multinomial logistic regression was conducted to identify predictors of unsuccessful treatment termination and incarceration among individuals with co-occurring disorders. Analyses revealed that, for individuals with co-occurring disorders, shorter length of stay (30 days or less, OR=7.36; between 31-60 days, OR=3.66; between 61-90 days, OR=2.75) and not being referred for treatment from the criminal justice system (OR=1.87), were significant factors for unsuccessful treatment termination. Factors related to incarceration included opioid use (OR=2.38) and shorter length of stay (30 days or less OR=3.79; between 31-60 days OR=2.44; between 61-90 days OR=1.97). Veteran status was not a significant predictor for either outcome. Implication for Veterans and non-Veterans with co-occurring disorders will be discussed, specifically regarding substance abuse treatment and criminal justice implications.
122nd American Psychological Association Convention
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