Clinician's Corner Blog

A PHCoE blog series written by leaders, clinicians and experts on current topics of interest for psychological health care providers in the Military Health System.

  • Living Joyous and Free – Sobriety and the Pandemic February 22, 2021

    New Year’s celebrations, limited as they were this year by the pandemic, have passed and we have returned to our daily responsibilities. For those in recovery, the daily celebration of life continues.

  • Facilitating 12-Step Approaches to Change for Service Members with Problematic Drinking April 16, 2019 The interrelated sets of practices, beliefs, and experiences of the 12-step approach to change have helped many service members to initiate and/or sustain recovery from alcohol use disorders.
  • When Alcohol Use Becomes Alcohol Misuse: Supporting Service Member Self-Referral April 1, 2019

    Alcohol has played a prominent role in military life throughout recorded history. However, it has been a mixed blessing, especially when alcohol misuse adversely affects psychological health, discipline, productivity, and readiness.

  • Opioid Therapy in the Military: New Treatment Guidance and Clinical Support Tools July 24, 2017

    We’ve all heard about the current opioid epidemic and the increase in the number of deaths due to opioid overdose. Let’s quickly review:

  • New Tools for Primary Care Providers: First-line Treatment of Alcohol Misuse Drinking glasses on a bar February 21, 2017

    It’s another Monday morning at the clinic. As you turn in the black swivel chair to welcome your first patient of the day, you catch a faint whiff of alcohol. You start by asking what brought him in and go through the standard questions about his health. When you get to the alcohol questions, he responds that he usually has “a couple of drinks on the weekend but nothing major.” You look to see that your technician asked about consumption and the patient’s response was about two times a month. So the information is not lining up.

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The views expressed in Clinician's Corner blogs are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence or Department of Defense.