Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Substance Use and Military Life

February 09, 2021

The stresses of deployments and the unique culture of the military offer both risks and protective factors related to substance use among active duty personnel. Deployment is associated with smoking initiation, unhealthy drinking, drug use and risky behaviors. Zero-tolerance policies, lack of confidentiality and mandatory random drug testing that might deter drug use can also add to stigma, and could discourage many who need treatment from seeking it ... (view the Research Brief below for the full story).

A Spanish version of this Research Brief is available.