Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Military Spouses Experiencing Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders: A Literature Review

  • Halima Ahmadi
  • Scott L. Green


This paper provides an overview of alcohol and substance use issues in military spouses, and explore how the screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) model may enable health care providers to identify individuals at risk for developing substance use related disorders. The information presented is based on a broad literature scan relating to the characteristics of the military lifestyle, health infrastructure, screening and intervention processes, and the uses of SBIRT in military and civilian settings. Current literature suggests that military spouses, and families, tend to be at different points in their life course than civilian families of similar ages. Marrying earlier and having children sooner coupled with military lifestyle stressors place them at increased risk for developing adverse coping mechanisms, particularly during deployment. SBIRT has been recognized as an effective method among civilian patients although there is limited research on the efficacy of SBIRT for military spouses at risk of or experiencing substance use problems.


Military Substance use Military spouses SBIRT Treatment Screening 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Altarum InstituteWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.ICF InternationalFairfaxUSA

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