Military and Veteran Drug Rehab/Treatment

Defending the country is one of the most noble acts and greatest honors. However, many men and women who serve in the military endure great obstacles while they are serving. These obstacles can be very difficult to confront and sadly, many active and veteran members of the military end up turning to drugs or alcohol. For many, substance use serves as a form of escape; it makes individuals feel better and numbs the pain and suffering that they are experiencing. But those feelings only mask unpleasant feelings for a short while and in order to continue experiencing those positive effects, many continue to repeat their use of drugs or alcohol. Consistent use of any substance can lead to addiction.

If you are a veteran or you are actively serving, or you know someone who is, and – or they – are struggling with drug or alcohol abuse and addiction, there is help. Our highly trained counselors can connect you with a reputable rehabilitation facility for veterans and actively serving members of the military. With the right treatment, recovery is possible.

How Addiction Affects Those Who Serve

The experiences that many veterans have while they are serving can be extremely difficult to deal with. Traumatic event, such as active combat and several deployments to worlds away from home can lead to drug or alcohol use, abuse, and addiction.

Veterans often struggle with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). This can be the result of partaking in warfare or witnessing tragic events. Symptoms of PTSD can be marked by severe and unpleasant symptoms, such as:

  • Flashbacks, which can be so vivid that an individual feels as if he or she is relieving the horrors that have been endured.
  • Cognitive issues, such as short-term and even long-term memory loss.
  • Reduced self-esteem and lowered self-worth.
  • Sleep issues, such as difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep (insomnia)
  • Severe aggression
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Problems maintaining relationships
  • Difficulties with securing or maintaining employment
  • Feelings of hopelessness

As a result of all of these symptoms, many veterans that are suffering from PTSD often end up engaging in self-destructive behaviors, such as substance abuse and addiction.

Veterans that are suffering from PTSD and seek help are often prescribed prescription medications, like Valium, Xanax, and Ativan, which are highly addictive. Those who have sustained injuries while serving may be prescribed strong painkillers to help ease their pain, such as OxyContin or Vicodin, which can also be addictive. Those who do not receive prescription medications may start abusing alcohol or using illicit drugs as a way to medicate themselves and forget the experiences that they have had and the symptoms that they are feeling.

Members of the military who are actively serving can also battle addiction. While the illicit drug use is less likely among those who are currently enlisted (due to a fear of being dishonorably discharged), alcohol consumption can be problematic among active service members. Drinking is a large part of the culture of the military. Those who are serving imbibe libations as a way to relax and unwind, and as a way to deal with the stresses that they are enduring. Unfortunately, drinking can become problematic and can be carried into civilian life. An estimated 20 percent of active members of the military have stated that binge drinking is something they have partaken in at least once weekly. The rate is even higher among those who are actively serving and have been exposed to combat.

Treatment Options for Veterans and Active Service Members

While active service members and veterans can certainly seek treatment at a drug and alcohol rehab center that also serve civilians, a rehab that specifically caters to the military may be a better option. Rehab centers that understand the needs of veterans and active service members can increase the chances of recovery for those who are battling addiction.

Counselors and therapists, for example, can help patients work through the issues that are plaguing them and that may be the root of their addiction (PTSD, for example). It is extremely important for anyone who is suffering from addiction disorder – civilians and service members – to receive treatment that caters to their unique needs. Since the needs of those who served or are serving in the military can be much different than the needs of civilians, a rehab facility that caters to those specific needs is highly recommended.

Recovery Is Possible. Contact Us Today.

If you or someone you know is battling addiction, contact us today. We can connect you to a rehab center that caters to military and veterans and improve your chances of recovery.