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From The CriticsReviewer: Marcos Modiano-Esquenazi, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book covers substance use disorders in the military, the effects they have on the troops, and their relationship to high levels of suicide, traumatic brain injury, and PTSD.
Purpose: The main purpose is to address the stress that being in the military poses. The Institute of Medicine wished to evaluate the adequacy and appropriateness of prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders in the military.
Audience: This book is addressed to practitioners interested in substance use disorders in the military population.
Features: After an introduction and background information, the book thoroughly reviews substance use disorders in the military, the military health system, and policies and programs for dealing with substance use disorders. The tables and illustrations are well done.
Assessment: This book addresses a very important topic. At this point, the U.S. is facing the longest war in its history. The exposure of military servicemen and women to different stressors and traumas has contributed to the rise in substance use disorders. This book explains the importance of this public health problem in a thorough and scientific manner.