The military prepares our soldiers for the assignments they are given. They learn the skills that they need to perform their jobs, and they enter into the military with confidence and pride. Unfortunately our soldiers may not be prepared to deal with the emotional and mental effects of active duty life.
Not being fully prepared to deal with traumatic events causes many military personnel to experience the following:
Trauma and high levels of stress can lead to effects beyond the behavioral. Physical and psychological effects of stress can also include the following:
In an effort to manage symptoms of distress many soldiers turn to drugs, alcohol or a combination of both. It is not uncommon for a soldier to be prescribed sleep aids, antidepressants, antianxiety medications or pain relievers during the course of their service of duty. The availability of drugs and alcohol makes these easy if ineffective methods of coping for soldiers struggling with physical and emotional issues.
Even though you may be miles away from your loved one, you can provide support and help him or her avoid addiction. Consider helping your loved one by doing the following:
You don’t have to handle concerns about a loved one’s drug use alone. We are here to help. Call our toll-free helpline to learn more about how you can prevent addiction or help your loved one in the military overcome a drug abuse or addiction problem.