Why Military Veterans Often Need Help with Addiction?

Addiction and mental health issues among military veterans are complex and multifaceted, influenced by both the nature of military service and the challenges of returning to civilian life. Substance abuse presents new challenges for military impacting their physical health, mental well-being, relationships at home, and the ability to reintegrate into civilian life. The unique stressors associated with military service, including combat exposure, injury, and the psychological toll of warfare, significantly contribute to the higher rates of substance use disorders among veterans compared to the civilian population.

At Ranch Creek Recovery, we understand the unique challenges military veterans face, and our substance abuse and mental health services take those into account. If you’re a military veteran struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, learn more about our substance abuse programs and how they can help sustain long-term recovery.

“Ranch Creek Recovery saved my life. I came into RCR lost and broken, trying to get back on track in my life. As a result of this great team of counselors/psychologists, I’ve done more than restore my life; I’ve reached new goals and gained so many life skills that go far beyond just being sober. I love and appreciate all the staff. Know that if you have a willing heart to change, you’re in the right place.”

– Joshua

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The primary affects of addition on military veterans

  1. Mental Health Consequences: Many veterans turn to substances as a coping mechanism for dealing with mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety, which are prevalent in this population. Substance abuse can exacerbate these conditions, creating a vicious cycle where mental health disorders lead to increased substance use, which in turn worsens mental health symptoms.
  2. Physical Health Issues: Addiction can lead to a host of physical health problems, including liver disease, heart disease, increased risk of accidents, and overdose. Veterans, particularly those who already have health issues stemming from their service, such as chronic pain or injuries, may find that addiction compounds their health challenges, leading to deteriorated physical condition and decreased quality of life.
  3. Impact on Social and Family Relationships: Substance abuse can strain relationships with family and friends, leading to isolation, divorce, and loss of custody of children. The behaviors associated with addiction, such as neglect of responsibilities, lying, and financial problems, can erode trust and support networks that are crucial for veterans’ reintegration and mental health.
  4. Challenges in Reintegration and Employment: Addiction can hinder a veteran’s ability to find and maintain employment, pursue education, and successfully reintegrate into civilian life. Substance use issues can result in job loss, legal problems, and homelessness, further alienating veterans from society and making it more difficult to transition from military to civilian roles.
  5. Increased Risk of Suicide: Veterans face a higher risk of suicide compared to the general population, and substance abuse can increase this risk. The despair and hopelessness that often accompany addiction, combined with untreated mental health conditions, can lead some veterans to consider or attempt suicide.
  6. Legal and Financial Problems: Addiction can lead to legal issues, including arrests for driving under the influence, public intoxication, or possession of illegal substances. These legal problems can result in financial strain due to legal fees, fines, and the potential loss of employment, further complicating the veteran’s life and recovery prospects.

Seek Substance Abuse Treatment at Ranch Creek Recovery

If you’re a first responder struggling with addiction, Ranch Creek Recovery is here to help. We work with various law enforcement members and first responders, including those with the LAPD and LAFD, and have the resources needed to meet your specific substance abuse or mental health needs.

To learn more about our services, call us today at (877) 775-9225. We accept most insurances and can help you take the first step to overcoming your addiction for good.