Military veterans face unique struggles and challenges. Veterans who have been involved in combat are much more likely to have PTSD. Those who experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are twice as likely to suffer from PTSD. And vets who have PTSD are more likely to use drugs or alcohol to cope.
Active-duty service members and military veterans face several barriers to mental health treatment. These can include things like feelings of shame about needing mental health care, limited treatment options for military veterans, long wait times to receive care, fear of being seen as weak, and stigma associated with mental health issues. Sadly, many vets don’t get the mental health treatment or addiction treatment services they need.
If you are a military veteran or active-duty service member struggling with addiction or mental health issues, you aren’t alone.
The Connection Between Substance Use and PTSD in Military Veterans
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that’s triggered by a terrifying or life-threatening event or a series of traumatic events.
Military members and active-duty service members are more likely to experience traumatic events—especially those who experience combat. This puts them at greater risk for developing PTSD and substance abuse. And statistics show that military veterans do in fact have higher rates of both PTSD and substance use disorders than people in the general population.
Unfortunately, while self-medicating with drugs or alcohol may provide temporary relief from PTSD symptoms, over time it can lead to serious life problems.
Get Help for Addiction
If you’re a military veteran struggling with addiction, Adelante Recovery Center is here to help.
We offer specialized substance use and mental health treatment for military veterans. Our immersive inpatient treatment programs provide round-the-clock care in a safe, supportive environment. Our dual diagnosis program is designed for people who are struggling with addiction and mental health issues, like PTSD, depression, or anxiety.