Current members of the military and veterans experience stressful situations and circumstances that can change their lives forever. They may experience extended deployments when they are away from loved ones, stressful combat situations, life-altering physical injuries, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Some military members and veterans may turn to alcohol or drugs to deal with these types of situations. When the use of alcohol or drugs gets out of hand, it can lead to substance abuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription drug abuse doubled among U.S. military members between 2002 and 2005, and almost tripled between 2005 and 2008 (for which the most recent data exists).
Alcohol abuse is another huge area of concern among military personnel. According to a study conducted among soldiers three to four months after returning from deployment in Iraq, 27 percent met the criteria for alcohol abuse. The soldiers were also at higher risk of developing other dangerous behaviors, like driving under the influence and using illegal drugs.
Mental health disorders are also seen among many military members and veterans. Co-occurring disorders, such as depression, can go hand-in-hand with substance abuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that in a similar study among returning solders, 20 percent of active and 42 percent of reserve component solders required mental health treatment following their return from deployment.
Military Substance Abuse Treatment
Whether you are a military spouse or family member searching on behalf of your loved one, or you are suffering from military substance abuse or veteran substance abuse yourself, there is a solution. Talbott Recovery Columbus offers a comprehensive range of treatments for both military substance abuse and co-occurring psychiatric disorders at a convenient location near Fort Benning.
Fort Benning is comprised of 120,000 active duty military personnel, along with family members, reservists, retirees, and civilian employees. If you or someone you know at Fort Benning is suffering from military substance abuse and co-occurring psychiatric disorders, it’s time to turn to Talbott Recovery.
The journey begins with a military member abusing alcohol or drugs. The road to recovery, however, begins when the military member decides they are ready to make a change in their life. It’s time to get off that unwanted road, and start traveling down the road to recovery.