REHAB FOR MILITARY CONTRACTORS,
SOLDIERS & VETERANS
Many members of our armed forces have difficulty coping with trauma and stress when they return home from service. Anger management problems are common, as are alcohol abuse, substance abuse and even domestic violence. These problems often stem from the inability to process and cope with the continual trauma of military life (death, catastrophic events and serious injuries) and the difficulty readjusting to normal life when returning home.
Many soldiers report having difficulty sleeping, regulating their emotions or report reliving traumatic events over and over again. These are all common signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Trauma and stress actually change an individual’s brain physiologically and psychologically, and it’s important to find healthy ways to cope.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN THE MILITARY
Although abuse of illicit drugs is lower among members of the military than the general public, problematic use of alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs is still relatively high. According to a 2008 Department of Defense Survey of Health Related Behaviors among Active Duty Military Personnel, 47 percent of active duty service members reported binge drinking in 2008—up from 35 percent in 1998. In 2008, 20 percent of military personnel reported binge drinking every week in the past month; the rate was considerably higher—27 percent—among those with high combat exposure.