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Long-Term Sustained Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorders Among Veterans: A Grounded Theory Investigation

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Anna M Koch

New Mexico Highlands University, US
About Anna
Dr. Anna M Koch is an Assistant Professor and Rehabilitation Counseling Program Coordinator at New Mexico Highlands University. She earned a PhD from the University of Iowa in Rehabilitation Counselor Education and a second PhD from Texas Tech University in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is a nationally certified counselor (NCC), nationally certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) and a licensed professional clinical counselor. Her research and work experience has focused primarily on counselor supervision, group work, substance use disorders, veterans, and co-occurring disorders.
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This grounded theory study explored veterans’ conceptualization of recovery and factors contributing to establishing and maintaining long-term recovery among veterans. Alcohol misuse is a significant health challenge resulting in negative consequences across multiple dimensions. Alcohol Use Disorders (AUDs) are a significant problem in the general population, but they are even more prevalent among active duty military service men and women as well as veterans. Participants were nine veterans averaging 27.9 years in recovery. Six major themes emerged from veteran interviews including: (1) early negative life experiences, (2) early exposure and access to alcohol, (3) alcohol filled a need, (4) enabling of drinking behaviors in the military, (5) early recovery experiences, and (6) later recovery experiences. Veterans defined recovery as total abstinence and enhancement of quality of life. Implications for future research, exploration of deficits in recovery models, veteran-specific clinical practice, and the effect of trauma on the initiation of AUD in veterans and long-term recovery is discussed.

How to Cite: Koch, A.M., 2019. Long-Term Sustained Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorders Among Veterans: A Grounded Theory Investigation. Journal of Veterans Studies, 4(2), pp.112–136. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.v4i2.94
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Published on 04 Jun 2019.
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