Addiction Treatment for Veterans

The stresses of going to war are unfathomable to regular citizens. Nobody can imagine the traumas of having a significant injury, witness the death of a peer, or sexual assault. Veterans returning home from military deployment and combat may face a number of challenges when trying to adjust back to civilian life. Many traumas are hard to cope with when the war is done and you are supposed to act normal at home with a regular nine to five job.

Addiction Treatment for Veterans

Veterans Are More Likely to Have PTSD

The rate of post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) is high for veterans, specifically for those in the Army or Marine Corps who experienced moderate to severe combat. These veterans may also show signs of other mental health issues, drug abuse, and other physical health issues relating to the traumas they experienced during their military service.

Veterans and Addiction

One of the most common mental health conditions that lead to substance abuse is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the three types of PTSD include:

Re-experiencing: Overwhelming fears, unexpected flashbacks of traumatic events that include the same rapid breathing and sweating originally experienced, nightmares, and other intrusive symptoms characterize this type of PTSD.

Hyperarousal: Often feeling on edge, intense anger response, insomnia, and/or being easily startled are all signs of hyperarousal.

Avoidance: Feelings of guilt and depression (or having no feelings of attachment at all), difficulty remembering traumatic events, lack of interest in former hobbies, and avoiding places that trigger memories of trauma are all signs of avoidance.

Other behavioral issues such as anxiety and depression from past experiences can also bring on a substance abuse disorder.

The Stress of Military Combat Leads to Drugs

Some military members deal with stressors is through drinking or drugs. Some drugs and drinking even start right after deployment as innocent enough as to relax, initiation or to wind down with the troops. It can get out of hand quickly as all addicts know.

According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), deployment is associated with smoking initiation, unhealthy drinking, drug use, and risky behaviors. Zero-tolerance policies, lack of confidentiality and mandatory random drug testing that might deter drug use can also add to the stigma and could discourage many who need treatment from seeking it. For example, half of the military personnel have reported that they believe seeking help for mental health issues would negatively affect their military career.

So just like we are hesitant and embarrassed to ask for help, veterans are often hesitant to seek help not because of simple shame, but because of the stigma associated with substance abuse treatment and the fear of losing their jobs.

We are Here to Help Veterans with Addiction

There is plenty of drug detox and rehabilitation for veterans through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), which are professional and confidential. But sometimes there may be difficulties that may arise and those options aren’t available. Here at Garden State Treatment Center, we offer nuanced levels of care for individuals struggling with the horrors of substance abuse. It is our explicit goal to help addicted clients rebuild their lives from the inside out and reintegrate themselves back into society.

There are complex causes for every client’s addictions, and it is our express purpose to address these causes directly. This is the main reason that our programs treat the entire person, not just their addictions. Recovery can only be long-lasting and meaningful if it takes the richness of the individual into account.

The most important thing you can expect from your Garden State Treatment Center experience is that you will emerge from it transformed, stable, and ready to begin a lifetime of recovery.