Terry drank a couple a beers on a weekend prior to entering the service. By the time he came home, his wife, Linda not only noticed he drank a couple beers after work, he was mixing prescription drugs with hard liquor. He explained to her that the pain would get so severe from his war related injuries he needed the extra help. His personality was also changing. Terry suffered from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. Terry didn't understand why he changed and Linda didn't know how to help him. They did not understand Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She married a happy, fun loving man, with a strong work ethic. Now it was difficult to get him out of bed some days unless he had a bottle by his bedside or amble prescription drugs. Since he couldn't handle the pain, his doctor placed him on medical leave. He also applied to the veterans for disability benefits. When Terry and Linda met with a representative from the VA, they explained what Terry was experiencing. The representative told them that his story was similar to other returning vets. He gave them information along with referring Terry to a treatment center. With the amount of information and knowledge received from the representative, Terry and Linda felt better equipped to handle Terry's challenges. But they knew they had a long road ahead. The first step was making an appointment with a social worker at the treatment center.
More veterans and their families need to know help is available. Far too many veterans have turned to alcohol and drugs, and families torn apart because they didn't know where to go for help. Quite often they are overwhelmed. Whatever the reason, let's move forward. If your loved one needs help, check out veteran's resources. If he isn't ready, seek out the help for yourself and your family. Hopefully when your loved one realizes you and your family are progressing, that will be encouragement for your veteran.
Addiction Center -
Drug addiction is marked by being unable to stop abusing drugs or alcohol. Someone addicted to drugs or alcohol will continue using despite the harm it causes themselves and their loved ones.
Different drugs have different effects on a person’s mind and body. Some substances are more addictive than others. Other drugs have more potent effects. Given enough time, drug abuse often develops into addiction.
If left untreated, alcohol and drug addiction can lead to severe injury or even death.
If you suspect your loved one of struggling with addiction - For 24/7 Treatment Help Call:(855) 544-4191
Addiction Center - Veterans
Many men and women serving or have served in the United States military struggle with addiction. Veterans who have seen combat may have co-occurring disorders, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, in addition to an addiction.
More than 20 percent of veterans with PTSD also suffer from an addiction or dependence on drugs or alcohol.
Addiction treatment programs that focus on PTSD and addiction simultaneously are most successful for veterans.
Alcohol and prescription drug abuse is higher among active duty service members and veterans. Many of these people suffer from underlying post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Traumatic events such as combat exposure and multiple deployments can trigger drug or alcohol use, which all too often lead to addiction.
Many veterans suffering from an addiction have co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Once referred to as “shellshock” and later “battle fatigue,” PTSD can be caused by witnessing warfare or other significantly tragic or startling events.
If your loved one is struggling with drugs or alcohol, call the Addiction Center treatment center and speak with a therapist. 866-762-9650 www.addictioncenter.com
Alcohol Rehab Guide (ARG) is an organization that provides comprehensive, reliable information on the various aspects of alcohol abuse and addiction. They offer support and guidance for those who are struggling, as well as their parents, family members, friends, health workers and community members.
ARG is owned and funded by Recovery Worldwide, LLC, an organization that delivers web-based information on health and mental health-related topics. While they are not a treatment facility, they work with a wide range of healthcare professionals and recovery programs.
ARG is dedicated to helping people overcome alcoholism and achieve long-term sobriety. Their team is made up of individuals who have personal experience with alcohol addiction, and understand the importance of delivering top-notch resources and information. That was their inspiration. ARG aims to educate people on the dangers of alcohol addiction and guide them or their loved one into a treatment program.
Over the last several decades, alcoholism has become a huge concern for military personnel across the United States. Current and former military face an array of challenges – unpredictable deployments, the risk of injury and being away from home. Alcohol is sometimes used as a coping mechanism. Veterans are also at risk of being diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder - two conditions, substance abuse and a mental health disorder. If a veteran becomes involved with alcohol abuse and anxiety both need to be addressed otherwise serious health complications may occur in the future.
Millions of veterans need assistance while adjusting to civilian life, many do not receive treatment. If you or someone you know is struggling with a drinking problem, there are many recovery options available. Contact one of our treatment specialists to get started. 844-500-2558
As a family member or friend of someone struggling with an alcohol use disorder (AUD), it can be challenging to know how to handle this situation. Watching a loved one’s drinking pattern worsen, may take a toll on your relationship. While you cannot force a person to get help, there are ways to support and encourage them to seek treatment. Learn about alcohol support options by giving us a call now 844-500-2558 www.alcoholrehabguide.org
National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) - Active duty and retired members of the armed forces are not immune to the substance use problems that affect the rest of society. The stresses of deployment during wartime and the unique culture of the military account for some differences between substance use in military members and civilians.
Those with multiple deployments, combat exposure, and related injuries are at greatest risk of developing substance use problems. They are more apt to engage in new-onset heavy weekly drinking and binge drinking, to suffer alcohol- and drug-related problems, and start smoking or relapse to smoking. Like civilians, they risk addiction to opioid pain medicines prescribed after an injury. NIDA continues to examine the trends in substance use in specific populations, including military personnel, and search for better methods for preventing and treating substance use disorders that are specific to these populations.
Service members, veterans, and their families who need help dealing with substance abuse issues may find the following resources helpful:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Treatment Programs for Substance Use Problems: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/MENTALHEALTH/res-vatreatmentprograms.asp
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: National Center for PTSD: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/problems/ptsd_substance_abuse_veterans.asp
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Veterans and Military Families: http://www.samhsa.gov/veterans-military-families
SAMHSA Treatment Locator: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ or 1-800-662-HELP
Real Warriors - Studies have shown a link between stressful life events and substance misuse in the military. Service members frequently experience stress due to situations like training, combat or multiple deployments. Service members who have experienced these events may turn to substances to help them find relief. This can include using alcohol, tobacco, or prescription and non-prescription drugs.
Families and friends of service members or veterans provide the majority of support for both physical and emotional wounds. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Caregiver Support Line (855-260-3274) to learn more.
If you or a loved one needs additional support, you can contact the DCoE Outreach Center to confidentially speak with a trained health resource consultant 24/7, call 866-966-1020 or use the Real Warriors Live Chat. You can also call the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 and press 1. Visit our “Seek Help, Find Care” page to see a list of key psychological health resources.
The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds. Launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) in 2009, the campaign is an integral part of the Defense Department’s overall effort to encourage warriors and families to seek appropriate care and support for psychological health concerns.
DCoE Outreach Center
For Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
Information and Resources 866-966-1020
Military Crisis Line For Crisis Intervention for Service Members, Veterans and Families - The Real Warriors Campaign encourages help-seeking behavior among
service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds.
The Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE) oversees the Real Warriors Campaign and mission as part of the Defense Department’s overall effort to promote a culture of support for psychological health.
PHCoE’s mission is to improve the lives of our nation’s service members, veterans and families by advancing excellence in psychological health care and prevention of psychological health disorders.
PHCoE collaborates across the Defense Department, Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies to provide leadership and expertise, inform policy, and drive improvements in psychological health outcomes.
Explore the Real Warriors Campaign’s Resources:
Psychological Health Resource Center and
Real Warriors Live Chat
Seek Help, Find Care
Social Media Channels
Real Warriors App
PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH RESOURCE CENTER For information and resources 866-966-1020
800-273-8255 Press "1” www.realwarriors.net