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TBI and Substance Abuse: Military Resources

TBI and Substance Abuse: Military Resources

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Captain Hammer, how is the military doing with the collaborative treatment of TBI and substance abuse? I think we're doing much better now than we have in years past, particularly because of pretty much universal screening for TBI. Particularly when people enter a program, that's one of the first questions they ask is were you at risk, were you exposed to blasts; were you in any kind of an accident that could've given you a TBI? Okay--now what can the servicemember who's returning to a small town-- what are the options for them? That's probably the most difficult thing, particularly for servicemembers in the Guard and Reserve. They have a very difficult time because the resources are fairly limited. There are a couple of options for them. Probably the best one is the Defensive and Veterans Brain Injury Care Coordinator. We have regional care coordinators that they can access. In addition, they have Psychological Health Outreach coordinators that should be able to help them. In all the services--in all the Reserve components--they can help out. And failing that, Military One Source is an excellent resource that people can access, and they should be able to help get them directed to somewhere where they can get care. The resources vary greatly, depending upon what region of the country they are.

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The military is offering stronger services for service members and vets who have TBI and substance abuse issues, such as the availability of regional care coordinators for Guard and Reserve.

This is an excerpt from BrainLine's webcast Substance Abuse and TBI. See full webcast here.

 

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