Many organizations focus on military personnel, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the U.S. Departments of Defense, Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics and Veterans Affairs. Their attention is warranted when you consider the following statistics:
Substance abuse and military life are deeply connected, which is why many programs seek to help soldiers who abuse drugs.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) prescription drug abuse doubled among U.S. military personnel from 2002 to 2005, and it almost tripled between 2005 and 2008. However, alcohol abuse is the most prevalent problem. When a soldier has a mental health issue and abuses drugs, the situation is even worse; this combination was involved in 30 percent of the army’s suicide deaths from 2003 to 2009, and in more than 45 percent of non-fatal suicide attempts from 2005 to 2009. In response to the growing concern about combat-related addiction and mental health issues NIDA has sponsored 14 different research initiatives to explore the following topics:
National resources are required to help the military personnel.
Soldiers who suffer from both addiction and mental health issues cite the following reasons for their struggle:
When a person’s emotional state is on constant alert, this often leads to any of the following symptoms:
These factors can contribute the statistics on combat-related addiction.
Being away from your loved one makes soldiers feel disconnect, but we can help you reconnect with your loved ones. You don’t have to handle this alone, because we are here to help. If you think you could benefit from addiction therapy, call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about addiction help for soldiers.