Treatment for Military Members and Veterans
In today’s world, men and women are being encouraged to not shy away from any mental illness or psychiatric disease they may have, but to embrace it and seek professional help. This applies to members of the military, including both active-duty and veterans. While decades upon decades of negative stigma surrounds addiction, the reality is that this specific profession runs a greater risk of developing an addiction or mental health disorder as a result of professional duties.
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Addiction in the Military
Serving in the military requires a complete and honest commitment to protecting the United States of America and its allies. All positions in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and the Air Force are comprised of people dedicated to service who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of others. While these brave and courageous individuals go to work and do their jobs on a daily basis, many of them experience profound, life-altering experiences during their time spent in the service.
Serving during a time of war can be highly traumatizing even to the most decorated and successful members of the military. Countless men and women who have served the U.S. in this capacity have seen and done things they never could have imagined. As a result, there is an automatically increased risk for the development of mental illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety, as well as the disease of addiction.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), one in 15 veterans had a substance use disorder in 2015. The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) reports that soldiers in the Army have an increased risk for suicide in the first year following hospitalization for a psychiatric disorder. Also, roughly 11 to 20 out of every 100 veterans are diagnosed with PTSD.
There are several reasons why these numbers are much higher in servicemen and women than the national average, including:
- Suffering one or more physical injuries, such as losing a limb, breaking bones, or being shot
- Experiencing a brain injury caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) or other violent interaction
- Witnessing carnage and death
- Experiencing the loss of one or more peers
- Suffering from loneliness and isolation both at home and overseas
It is important to remember that those in the military are just like everyone else—they too have lived through experiences outside their profession that have shaped who they are. Those servicemen and women who were experiencing a mental health issue or had a propensity to abuse drugs and alcohol prior to serving are at greater risk of becoming addicted. Thankfully, there is safe and effective treatment for those in the military who are grappling with a substance use disorder
Addiction Treatment for Active Military and Veterans
Members of the military are automatically connected to services offered through their local VA. While this resource can be beneficial for many individuals, there are several veterans who do not receive the proper and timely care they might need for their substance use disorder.
At JourneyPure Franklin, we provide our full attention so that you can begin to identify and address the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual components of your substance use disorder. Our team will build a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs.
Depending on the details of your case, you may participate in various therapies that include individual therapy, group counseling, family therapy, behavioral therapy, and experiential therapy. With the inclusion of these therapies, you will start to regain control of your life once and for all. And we will support you throughout your journey toward a happy, healthy life.
JourneyPure Franklin Can Help
At JourneyPure Franklin, we recognize the unique needs that men and women in the military have when it comes to substance abuse. We know that it takes more than just a plan to kickstart the process of recovery, which is why we work directly with you to offer our support and encouragement. Plus, we also offer programming such as the Freedom Program, which is focused solely on those in the military who are struggling with a substance use disorder.
If you are in need of help, do not hesitate to contact JourneyPure Franklin right now. We can help.