Mental health disorders, including substance abuse, among veterans and active duty military personnel is a growing problem in the U.S. When a soldier returns home from deployment, he or she is at risk of developing physical and mental health issues as a result of their experiences.
JourneyPure Fort Walton, an intensive outpatient clinic that offers drug assessments, drug screenings, and comprehensive addiction and mental health treatment services, gladly accepts patients with TRICARE plans.
Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse in the Military Population
Because of their wartime experiences, many veterans and active-duty military personnel find themselves living with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health disorders. These disorders can increase a person’s vulnerability to alcoholism and substance use disorder. After all, diagnoses of substance use disorders have a higher probability to occur in those who have experienced trauma or stress-related issue.
Few people in the service risk using illicit drugs, since it can result in a dishonorable discharge and a loss of wages. Drinking, however, is an ingrained part of military culture, often carrying into civilian life. One study of almost 600 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan found that 39 percent of veterans screened positive for probable alcohol abuse.
And even though the opioid epidemic has taken hold to a lesser degree in the military population than it has among civilians, the Armed Forces has seen a rise of opioid addiction, as veterans are treated with powerful pain medications for their injuries.
Substance use disorders often wreak havoc on the affected family. This can lead to a sense of isolation and resentment on the part of the addict, and a sense of hopelessness among his or her loved ones. In fact, family members of individuals in the military can experience their own mental health issues as a result of their loved ones’ involvement in the service or of their mental health issues after coming home.
Military-Specific Addiction Recovery
Veterans looking for treatment for substance use issues usually have more options than the average civilian. For some veterans in need of substance abuse and mental health treatment, though, the VA may not be the best option. The wait periods of certain VA locations can be extensive, and, what with the stigma associated with substance use disorders, some veterans might receive more effective care in the private sector.
At JourneyPure Fort Walton, veterans and active duty military can benefit from all the same treatment options offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, including:
- Individual and family counseling
- Group therapy
- Trauma-specific treatment
- Medications for withdrawal symptoms
- Recreation therapy
In any case, veterans who believe they face serious substance use or mental health issues should not wait. These problems do not go away by themselves.
How JourneyPure Fort Walton Can Help
Through programs like The Freedom Program, JourneyPure is focused on providing military active duty, veterans, and their family members with quality addiction and mental health treatment. When enrolled with JourneyPure, clients are provided with the tools needed to achieve and maintain sobriety and wellness.
JourneyPure Fort Walton’s treatment programs are accredited by the Joint Commission and CARF as a rehabilitation facility, providing clients with the assurance that the care they receive is in keeping with the highest treatment standards. When a client is brought in to the JourneyPure family, he or she is provided with an individualized treatment plan designed to meet his or her unique needs.
By participating in substance use and mental health treatment at JourneyPure Fort Walton, you will be given a second chance at the life you deserve. Call now to learn more about how our program can help you and your loved ones.