Military Drug Rehab Services
Drug abuse is sometimes a response to being in stressful situations, and there’s no more stressful a situation than being one of the millions of people charged with defending the US from harm. The Department of Defense routinely conducts studies to determine any issues regarding the health and fitness of all personnel in the military. Between 1980 and 1998, the study found drastic drops in admitted drug use for both genders. There are, however, still soldiers out there who suffer from drug or alcohol dependencies. Soldiers or their families should not despair, however, because there are also options for drug treatment that are available and affordable for anyone who needs it.
What Drugs Are Abused in the Military?
When it comes to addiction, a member of the military is no different from a civilian, and they often have access to the same illicit substances as the rest of the population. According to the DOD, marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in the armed forces. This is, of course, consistent with trends throughout the country. Other drugs that can be abused by military personnel are:
- Prescriptions for non-medical uses
Prior to 2008, the DOD survey didn’t clarify prescription drug use for recreational purposes but with upward trends of Ritalin and Adderall abuse as well as OxyContin and Vicodin addictions rising nationwide, the data collection was adjusted.
If you’re a member of the US military and you feel that you may suffer from a substance abuse problem, it’s important to understand how your condition impacts you and your family so you can get the help you need.
Impacts of Substance Abuse in the Military
Physical and mental health issues are two of the major concerns for substance abuse in the military. Soldiers need to be in top physical form. If a soldier is abusing stimulants so he can stay awake during patrols, it can lead to more serious physical issues later. The cycle of drug abuse and mental illnesses continues to worry doctors. Depression and PTSD are common among active duty personnel, and alcoholism and drug use have been linked very strongly to both of these illnesses.
Substance abuse also strongly impacts how you interact with your family. The extensive training you receive makes it of particular concern if you have a dependency that leads you to experience strong mood swings or engage in violent behavior. Your family may be the targets, no matter how indirect, of your erratic actions.
If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms or fear that your dependency may negatively impact your family, consider your treatment options.
Substance Abuse Treatment Options
All military personnel are entitled to the same treatment choices as civilians, but they also have the added benefit of rehab programs through their military base. You may be placed on leave during your treatment or for portions of your recovery.
If you have other questions about drug addiction or rehab for military personnel, contact us.