HEALTH / WELL-BEING

The Feasibility of a Web Intervention for Military and Veteran Spouses Concerned about their Partner’s Alcohol Misuse

Article

Concerned Partners (CPs) of serving or retired personnel with alcohol misuse face barriers when seeking help for their loved ones. The authors adapted the Community Reinforcement and Family Training Intervention (CRAFT) into a web based program to help the Concerned Partners (CPs) manage their partner’s drinking and to help overcome barriers to seeking help in-person.

Abstract

Concerned partners (CPs) of military service members and veterans with alcohol misuse face significant help-seeking barriers. We adapted the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) intervention into a 4-session web-based intervention (WBI) called Partners Connect. The program aims to help the CP increase their own well-being, teach the CP how to manage his/her behavior (e.g., communication) toward their partner, and identify ways the CP can help their partner reduce drinking and seek treatment. We recruited CPs through social media, and then tested the feasibility and acceptance of the WBI by conducting qualitative interviews and post-WBI session surveys after their WBI sessions. CPs (n = 12) spontaneously reported improvements in communication and more effective management of their partner’s drinking due to skills learned. They discussed how the online approach can help overcome barriers to seeking in-person help. This WBI fills an important gap in clinical services for military and veteran CPs and CPs in the general population who may not otherwise seek in-person counseling.

Full Reference

Osilla, K.C., Pedersen, E.R., Tolpadi, A., Howard, S.S., Phillips, J.L., and Gore, K.L. (2018). "The Feasibility of a Web Intervention for Military and Veteran Spouses Concerned about their Partner's Alcohol Misuse", Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, Volume: 45, No: 1, pp.57-73. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11414-016-9546-3