Substance Abuse Among Veterans



An in-depth look at the military culture and its impact on veterans that can contribute to substance abuse problems.  The special problems experience by veterans such as PTSD, suicidal ideations, traumatic brain injury, and homelessness are discussed. Practices and strategies that clinicians can utilize to treat veterans with substance use disorders.  Plus an overview of VA substance use disorder services.


  • Discover brief history and statistics of veterans and substance abuse
  • Examine special problems experienced by Veterans
  • Describe Substance Use Disorders and PTSD in Service Members and Veterans
  • Generalize the impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on Veterans
  • Explain Suicidal Ideations and Behavior among veterans
  • Estimate causes and number of Homelessness
  • Recognize Experiences of EOF/OIF/OND combat warzone stressors on Veterans
  • Summarize military culture that often inhibits veterans from seeking help with substance abuse problems.
  • Identify Treatment Considerations & Strategies
  • Relate VA Substance Use Disorder services

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors

Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 3
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 1007
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
  • Video Recording
    • Lecture.1
      Substance Abuse Among the Veterans Part One Video Recording
    • Lecture.2
      Substance Abuse Among the Veterans Part Two Video Recording 02 min
  • Course Evaluation
    • Lecture.1
      Substance Abuse Among the Veterans Course Evaluation
  • QUIZ
    • Quiz.1
      Substance Abuse Among the Veterans Course Quiz 15 questions

Rawson Carlin, B.A., M.A., M. Div., D. Min.; Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (North Carolina #LCMHC-5278); Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (North Carolina #LCAS-1086); Certified Clinical Supervisor (North Carolina #CCS-603); North Carolina Problem Gambling Provider; National Certified Counselor #NCC-209297; Master Addiction Counselor #MAC-507109; Distance Certified Counselor #1464; and a DOT registered Substance Abuse Professional; and Ordained Minister with over 30 years of counseling experience. He is the founder and president of E Care Counseling, PLLC in Mooresville, NC where he is in private practice providing addiction and mental health counseling, supervises substance abuse counselors, and presents NAADAC and NBCC approved education for counselors via webinars.
Rawson completed a residential substance abuse treatment program over 40 years ago and has never had a slip or relapse. He directed Teen Challenge programs, faith-based therapeutic communities for clients with addiction disorders, for 11 years in three states, and has pastored churches. He has been active in substance abuse treatment for over 30 years including employed as an addiction therapist serving veterans for almost 8 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs, in-home crisis counselor, a counselor with Georgia Department of Corrections for 8 years, for 5 years as a counselor with a physician treating patients with opioid use disorders, and has also been providing distance counseling online for about 14 years. He is a public speaker making presentations at conferences, schools, and churches.