Substance Abuse Increasing Among Military Personnel

The Institutes of Medicine reported that alcohol abuse and substance abuse has increased among people in the military and this development is now causing some alarm. Bloomsberg Businessweek referred to a report from the Institutes of Medicine that cited that both prescription drug abuse and overindulging in alcohol is a big issue for military personnel. In 2008 about one-fifth of people on active duty reported that they drink heavily and the numbers who report abusing prescription drugs grew by six percent between 2002 and 2008.

A number of people who have used drugs or alcohol to cope with life while serving in the military find they continue this habit once they return home because they have a number of adjustments to make to civilian life and at times these adjustments can be quite difficult, even in a supportive environment.

At Transitions Recovery Center we are concerned with helping our patients achieve long-term recovery. To accomplish this, we treat more than the symptoms of addiction in our drug rehab program. When it comes to addiction rehab, causes must be identified and consequences assessed. Our behavioral healthcare team comprised of psychiatrists, addictionologists, psychologists and social workers carefully collaborate to assess a patient’s full history, including sociological background, psychological makeup, educational and work history, family and marriage difficulties, and medical issues.

By |2012-09-24T05:00:05+00:00September 24th, 2012|Addiction Recovery, In the News|
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