7 Reasons To Seek Addiction Treatment
Substance use disorder, which is more colloquially known as drug addiction, is a serious mental...
In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, it’s important to be aware of the unique challenges that U.S. military members face — not on the battlefield but in their everyday lives. The struggles they face are significant, and they deserve our support.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), many military members drink or use drugs to cope with the stressors and mental health impacts of their service. Many military members report drinking, smoking, and drug use as part of initiation or deployment, which poses a risk of further abuse. Random drug tests, base rules, and heavy consequences (including dishonorable discharge) for substance use are meant to deter this behavior. However, an unfortunate result is the stigmatizing of addiction and mental health, as well as fear, shame, or reluctance to seek help if it’s needed.
When their career is on the line, military members may feel polarized in their addiction. To avoid facing consequences, many do not seek the help they need. Once their military career ends and the constant monitoring of substance use, drinking, and mental health is over, veterans may find themselves turning to drinking or drugs to cope with the traumas they’ve accrued over their career.
A military career can be fulfilling but also highly stressful and traumatic at times. Trauma from a military career is the most frequently cited reason that military members turn to alcohol or drugs after their service. According to NIDA, over 10% of military members have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder (SUD). This is likely due to the prevalence of pain, trauma, mental health issues, homelessness, and suicide risk of many veterans who’ve returned to civilian life without enough support.
There are multiple types of substance use that affect active military members and veterans:
First and foremost, show kindness to those who have served. Military members often come back from deployment and have a hard time reintegrating into society. Military members are publicly celebrated on holidays such as Memorial Day (May 31), Veterans Day (November 11), and other days that honor military branches and military families. But even with these national celebrations, there are still millions of military members who suffer from trauma every day. Many who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and other trauma-induced issues do not get adequate help.
You can support military members by:
If you are a military member who is struggling, that’s okay. You deserve help, you deserve treatment, and you’re worth saving.
If you are struggling with addiction or mental health issues, many programs are dedicated to supporting active military members and veterans. The United States Department of Defense provides an extensive list of Military Support Organizations. The US Department of Veterans Affairs also provides information and resources for past military personnel.
Military members who serve our country are worth saving, and they deserve effective treatment. At RECO Intensive, our specialized staff and experienced alumni provide programs that cater specifically to veterans. We understand that military members need care after deployment. That’s why we meet veterans or active military members where they are and work to create an individualized treatment plan just for you. RECO Intensive offers therapy for PTSD, goal-setting to combat addiction in veterans, and family therapy for military members and their families. At RECO Intensive, we know that some battle scars are invisible and can follow us off the battlefield. We want to help you process your trauma without using alcohol or drugs to numb the pain. We also recognize that unprocessed trauma can lead to relapse, and we want to help you find a way to a healthy, sober civilian life. To learn more, call RECO Intensive today at (561) 464-6533. Let’s get back to a brighter future.
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