The men and women of our armed forces exhibit the highest level of bravery and sacrifice imaginable. Unfortunately, they’re uniquely vulnerable to substance use disorder by virtue of their service and other factors. Although rates of substance abuse and addiction among active military personnel have decreased in recent years, dropping to just one percent, according to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there is still a pervasive culture of alcohol and drug use in many areas of the United States Armed Forces. If you or someone you care about is on active duty and battling addiction or substance use, it’s important to get the right kind of help so you can move forward with your service and your life.
Helping Active Military Overcome Alcohol and Drug Addiction
There are many factors that contribute to the likelihood of substance abuse within the active ranks of the military. These include anything from PTSD from combat-related trauma, pain sustained during combat or general training, social pressure to drink excessively, and more. Without proper help, prolonged and untreated substance abuse can easily result in disciplinary action, up to and including dishonorable discharge and even criminal penalty, depending upon where substance use takes you. It can also result in overdose and death from high-risk behavior.
Get the Help You Need Today
Help is out there for active-duty military personnel who are battling substance use. The Department of Veterans Affairs has many addiction care and mental health resources at its disposal for retired military, as well. Our representatives are waiting to help you reclaim your life from addiction so you can be the best version of yourself. You’ve taken care of your country; now, let us take the first steps toward taking care of you by finding a rehab resource in your area or anywhere else in the country. We look forward to helping you.
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