Substance-use and psychiatric disorders among American Indian veterans

Matthew Owen Howard, R. Dale Walker, Richard T. Suchinsky, Britt Anderson

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Native American (NA) veterans have rarely been the focus of investigational efforts. We review studies relevant to an assessment of NA substance-use disorders, and discuss findings of the Drug Abuse Treatment Services Evaluation Project pertaining specifically to NA veterans. A larger proportion of NA veterans discharged from VA inpatient care in FY93 were diagnosed with a substance-use disorder compared to the total population of veterans discharged that year. Substance-dependent NAs were more likely to be diagnosed with alcohol-use disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder, and less likely to be diagnosed with drug-use disorders and other psychiatric disorders than substance-dependent veterans generally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-598
Number of pages18
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1996


  • Alcoholism
  • Native American
  • Substance-use disorders
  • Veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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