JourneyPure Proudly Serves Active Military Members and Veterans
Mental illness is something that impacts millions of people through the United States. Those serving in the military are more likely to develop one or more mental illnesses, due to the requirements of their jobs. Ranging from PTSD and depression to obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder, mental illness is a real and present issue amongst this particular population. As a result, so is addiction.
Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Military
Rates of substance abuse and addiction are exceptionally high among members of the United States military, including veterans. Serving in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Air Force is much different than having a regular nine-to-five job. The experiences that servicemen and women go through and the decisions they have to make while on the job bear a great deal of weight, often impacting them for a lifetime. For some, their time spent in the military has changed the course of their lives in ways they never imagined.
Approximately 11 to 20 percent of veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom returned home with post-traumatic stress disorder. These rates are more than three times higher than the average national rate of PTSD, which is between 7 and 8 percent.
Occurring after one or more traumatic events have been experienced, PTSD is extremely common in current members of the United States military and its veterans, because of the violence and loss they bear witness to. Studies suggest that those with PTSD have a higher risk of abusing drugs and alcohol than those who do not.
Not all members of the military develop PTSD, in fact, the vast majority does not. However, that does not exonerate them from the potential of struggling with a substance abuse problem as a result of their involvement in the military. Other military-related factors can predispose servicemen and women to a greater risk of substance abuse, including:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to head injury
- Loss of one or more limbs as a result of combat
- Previously untreated mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders
- Sexual assault perpetrated by a higher-ranking member of the military (common in female service members)
On top of these risk factors, the transition out of the service and back into civilian life can be overwhelming to the point where using drugs or alcohol seems more than appealing.
Regardless of the exact cause of one’s substance abuse, when that abuse becomes problematic or an addiction develops, getting help is absolutely necessary.
Addiction Treatment for Military Members and Veterans
Throughout all branches of the military, there is a negative stigma attached to addiction. Those who struggle with abuse, addiction, or dependence can feel intimidated by what their peers might think if they reach out for mental health treatment.
However, without the appropriate mental health and addiction treatment, current military members and veterans struggling with an addiction face consequences that can be fatal.
JourneyPure Bowling Green is proud to provide life-saving services to our country’s bravest individuals. We understand the sacrifices made to protect the United States, and so it is our honor to offer help encouraging positive restoration.
If you are struggling with an addiction, do not let anything stand in your way of getting the help you need. There is nothing shameful about this disease.
JourneyPure Bowling Green provides several different evidence-based services so that you can work on healing yourself from the inside out. From individual and family therapy to group counseling and behavioral therapy, we put together an individualized treatment plan designed to get you back on your feet.
JourneyPure Bowling Green Can Help
You will receive nothing short of the very best, highest quality care when attending JourneyPure Bowling Green. Our programs and our staff are accredited and licensed, as well as experienced and compassionate. With us by your side, we are confident that you will be able to get back in control and make a positive transformation that will save your life.