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Person-Centered Care: Substance Abuse Support for Veterans

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nursing-home-elderly-hands-medical-care-doctor-stethoscope-monAs the holiday season comes and goes once again, we thought it was important to shed light on a group that is often overlooked: our veterans.

Per the website help.org, in 2015, 1 in 15 veterans had a substance use disorder. According to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), around 3.7% of service members before the Vietnam war reported substance abuse, but recently, 12.7% of members who have served since 2001 reported drug abuse, more than tripling the pre-Vietnam rate.

It has been found that veterans often turn to substance abuse when suffering from difficulties like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), unemployment and homelessness. As long-term care professionals it is imperative that we recognize and are respectful of each individual’s unique circumstances. Person-centered care is defined by meeting the cultural, linguistic, social and environmental needs of the patient. Likewise, a person-centered care approach to managing substance abuse among the veteran population is necessary to support long-term recovery.

Thankfully Veteran Affairs (VA) offers a variety of free services for veterans suffering from addiction. For more information regarding these services and additional resources, please visit: https://www.help.org/substance-abuse-rehab-for-veterans/.

Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) is available to assist with any questions or concerns that you may have.  You can contact us by clicking here.  Looking to train your staff?  Join us in person at one of our our upcoming Competency/Certification Courses.  Click here to see the dates and locations. 


Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)

Topics: Veterans, Substance Abuse


Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA

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Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA
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