Navigation Links
Substance-use disorders linked to increased risk of death for veterans with PTSD
Date:9/18/2012

Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who are also battling drug or alcohol problems face a higher risk of death, according to new research from the University of Michigan Health System and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

The new study is the first to examine the association between drug or alcohol use disorders and death in veterans with PTSD, and also includes data from the nation's youngest veterans who have returned from conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Kipling Bohnert, Ph.D., the study's lead author, says the research sheds new light on the importance of treating both substance-use and post-traumatic stress disorders in veterans.

"Attention needs to be paid to veteran patients with PTSD, with an emphasis on identifying those who might also have a problem with drug or alcohol use," says Bohnert, who is a post-doctoral fellow at VA Ann Arbor and a research fellow at the University of Michigan. "This study highlights the potential importance of effective treatment for both conditions in helping veterans after they've returned from conflict."

Previous research on veterans has linked PTSD with higher risks of death, but this study is the first to highlight the association between substance-use disorders, PTSD and mortality. The study was published online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

While the researchers found a significant link between substance-use disorders and death in veterans with PTSD across all ages, they also found that the association was most pronounced for the youngest group of veterans, including those from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The youngest veterans, those 45 and under, showed a particularly strong link between substance-use disorders and both injury and non-injury related death. Injury-related death included homicides, suicides and accidents, while non-injury related deaths included heart disease, cancer and other health problems.

Bohnert says more research is necessary to figure out why younger veterans exhibit a stronger tie between substance-use disorders and death.

Federic C. Blow, Ph.D., the paper's senior author, the director of National Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research & Evaluation Center at the VA, says the research might be helpful for physicians in deciding the best way to treat their patients.

"In theory, a treatment program that addresses both issues substance use and PTSD should reduce the risk of death from all causes, and this may be especially true for the nation's youngest veterans," says Blow, who is also the director of the Mental Health Services Outcomes & Translation Section at the U-M Medical School.


'/>"/>

Contact: Justin Harris
juaha@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Life Transitions May Trigger Eating Disorders
2. LA BioMeds Dr. Patricia Dickson researching treatments for neurodegenerative disorders
3. Preteen Food Choices May Help Predict Eating Disorders Later
4. Elsevier, SVS announce 2013 launch of Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
5. Snoring Isn't Sexy Member Dr. Mark Levy attends Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines Conference in Phoenix, Arizona
6. Eating Disorders Hitting Women Over 50, Study Finds
7. Bees shed light on human sweet perception and metabolic disorders
8. Childless women with fertility problems at higher risk of hospitalization for psychiatric disorders
9. Electrical brain stimulation can alleviate swallowing disorders after stroke
10. Mount Sinai finds common factors in autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder
11. Girls with eating disorders regain healthy fatty acid levels when their weight normalizes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/28/2016)... ... May 28, 2016 , ... May 26, 2016- In search of ... Challenge with theme event of “K Warriors” on June 4, 2016 at Ashbury Hotel ... The event is sponsored and hosted by Shaolin Institute and sanctioned by KSF (Kungfu ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2016 , ... More than ... so it is not surprising that bariatric surgery has received increased attention in recent ... explains. Of course, when it comes to weight loss, most people are familiar with ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... W.S. Badger Co. Inc ., the maker ... been recognized as one of the best small businesses for new dads by Fatherly, ... nine small businesses providing progressive benefits to new parents on the organization’s 2016 ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... ... This campaign aims to provide a path to improved education and awareness ... change. , As nearly 795,000 Americans suffering from a new or recurrent stoke each ... an estimated 129,000 of these people dying from stroke, it’s become our nation’s fifth-leading ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... satisfying Army body fat composition regulations. This is the first time that Coolsculpting ... normally screened at least every six months to ensure they meet the prescribed body-fat ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... 2016  Granger Diagnostics today announced immediate availability of ... infections. This test ensures discovery of ALL bacteria, ... test requires only a simple swab of the wound ... G. Bostwick , MD, Chief Medical Officer, described ... "We are excited to make available, for the ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... -- Niederländische Chirurgen haben eine innovative ... erlaubt, ihre Expertise weltweit zu teilen und so ... mit einer Instant-Messaging-Funktion und der Möglichkeit, in einem ... Afrika, Asien und den USA ... Information und Weiterbildung   "MDLinking ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand , May 24, 2016 ... scanning and informatics solutions for the healthcare sector, has been ... the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards 2016. Dr ... a fantastic acknowledgement for our team.  It,s really good to ... the burden healthcare internationally. Our products are used in 35 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: