Rehab for veterans helps service women and men recover from a drug or alcohol addiction.
Active duty members of the military who are addicted to drugs or alcohol have unique circumstances that can be addressed in the right rehab program. Veterans are expected to be able to handle a great deal of stress and survive trauma, but the fact is, stress and trauma are common factors for substance abuse and addiction among America’s military personnel. Rehab for veterans through high quality veteran substance abuse programs can help current or former soldiers work through a variety of issues and successfully recover from an addiction.
Veterans and Substance Abuse
Veterans have a higher rate of substance abuse than the general population. According to the Health-Related Behavior Survey of Active Duty Service Members, up to 84.5 percent of active-duty military personnel currently drank in 2011, and 11.3 percent were considered problem drinkers–higher than the national average of around 7.2 percent. Additionally, the number of opioid painkiller prescriptions written by military doctors quadrupled between 2001 and 2009, indicating a high rate of opioid abuse and addiction in the military.
Members of the military are often under a lot of stress, and drugs and alcohol can produce feelings of calm and wellbeing. Soldiers deployed in a combat zone are particularly susceptible to intense, chronic stress, and exposure to extreme violence can cause a variety of mental illnesses, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Rehab for veterans is particularly sensitive to the complex problems veterans may experience.
Veterans and PTSD
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.