Millions of men and women who serve or have served in the United States military deal with the tragic struggle of addiction at one point in their lives. The traumatic nature of combat can severely impact an individual’s mind, body, and health in a number of ways. Psychological disorders such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety are all contributing factors which can lead to alcohol or substance abuse.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that is common for a veteran who has witnessed gruesome warfare, endured sexual abuse, or experienced any other life-threatening events. PTSD is potentially life-ruining as it plagues the victim with feelings of hopelessness, aggression, flashbacks, trouble sleeping or concentrating, and other forms of self-destructive behavior such as substance abuse or self-harm. As a result, many veterans resort to alcohol or drugs to numb the pain of what they have been through.
Another risk associated with PTSD is that most veterans are prescribed extremely addictive anxiety or depression medications to combat their symptoms. These potentially life-threatening medications include painkillers such as Oxy or Vicodin, benzodiazepines such as Ativan and Xanax, and sedatives such as Ambien. Veterans return back to their lives with the weight of the world on their shoulders and do not deserve the added burden of developing an unhealthy dependence on drugs proven to be dangerous.
If a veteran you love is currently struggling to keep their head above water, there is no time to waste before you reach out to a drug and alcohol treatment center with the resources and experience to help produce results. At Turning Point, Inc., we are committed to saving lives and helping victims overcome this impossible time as effectively as possible.
We are proud to help people reclaim their independence and take control of their lives. Consult with a representative of our team by calling (973) 380-0905 or by completing an online form today.