Sexual Trauma and Addiction Severity in Military Veterans With Substance Use Disorder

Lance Brendan Young, Christine Timko, R. Dario Pulido, Kimberly A. Tyler, Jamie L. Simpson, Monica Meeks, Kathleen M. Grant

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Among veterans, sexual trauma’s associations with addiction problems and treatment effectiveness are unclear. Veterans at three Midwest Veterans Affairs treatment sites were interviewed at baseline (NBL = 193) and six-month follow-up (NFU = 137) using the Life Events Checklist (LEC) and Addiction Severity Index–Lite (ASI-L). Those with sexual trauma had more severe baseline drug use, medical, and psychiatric status. Treatment improved all domains except employment and legal, but drug use and psychiatric disparities remained at follow-up. A family and social disparity emerged, and was the only follow-up domain predicted by sexual trauma (β = 0.21, p < 0.05).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-165
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021


  • Alcohol
  • drugs
  • sexual trauma
  • substance use disorder
  • veteran

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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