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Choosing Treatment Practices

Given that many or most readers of these pages will be clinicians in the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment field, their need or opportunity for choosing trauma-specific treatment practices is likely to vary widely.  In many cases it will be most important to provide trauma-informed services in general, and to choose SUD treatment approaches and practices that respect the complexity that trauma brings to the recovery process.  In other cases SUD clinicians will be working closely with trauma specialists.  In some cases, SUD professionals may be the only sources of help that veterans see.

It is beyond the current scope of these pages to describe the treatment interventions available for post-deployment stress effects—and far beyond that scope to recommend one practice over the other.  However, this section does provide a very brief, very general overview of some things that civilian clinicians might want to consider in planning or refining their approach toward working with veterans.

Future updates to these pages may provide more information on specific practices, including treatment planning practices, and links to sources of further information and training.

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Please Note: Some of the considerations in these pages are taken from written works, but more are based on conversations with or presentations by veterans or therapists who work with trauma survivors.  The reader is encouraged, not to take these ideas as absolute or as the only important considerations, but to respond to them with curiosity and a desire to listen, read, and learn much more.

The material on all of the Clinical Pages is taken directly from the draft version of Finding Balance After the War Zone:  Considerations in the Treatment of Post-Deployment Stress Effects, a manual under development for the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center and Human Priorities.  This draft is copyright © 2008, Pamela Woll.  Reprint permission is universally granted, but attribution is requested.
Click here for References and Other Resources.
Click here to link to a PDF file of the current version of the clinician’s manual draft.
Click here to link to a PDF file of the accompanying booklet for veterans.



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