Many brave men and women have served and protected our country for a great number of years. They brave the frontlines and dream of life post-war away from the chaos and heartbreak. But many people who return to life after the war have to deal with post-traumatic symptoms which leave them feeling isolated, anxious, and scared leading to the use and abuse of different substances.
While today there is more understanding around post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is still one of the main reasons veterans turn to drugs and addiction as a coping method to deal with traumatic memories, depression, and anxiety. It’s important that our veterans have the support and care they deserve. Addiction doesn’t just happen overnight. It could start off as one or two drinks to relieve stress and relax, escaping from the horrors in one’s mind. But if the underlying issues are not addressed, this behavior can escalate to addiction. If not treated properly or at all, anxiety and depression paired with addiction could even lead to suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Research shows that while substance abuse isn’t known to be directly caused by PTSD, it can be linked. This means that we have more research to do in order to better understand this existing relationship. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “18.5% of service members returning from deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression”. Despite the staggering numbers, only half of the veterans who require mental health treatment seek it and only half of those who receive treatment receive adequate care.
The number of veterans who die by suicide is too high. We live in a day and age where we have the resources to ensure that the people who risk their lives protecting us can get adequate mental health treatment they deserve. Untreated PTSD and other mental health issues are major contributors to the addiction epidemic among veterans. Much of this could be prevented by early detection and providing the right treatment and support. When our fellow patriots return after the war, they shouldn’t have to battle addiction and mental health issues as a result.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction and related mental health issues such as PTSD, Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) a private drug and alcohol rehab center
can help. Our specialized trauma therapy (Rapid Resolution Therapy
) is utilized to help individuals erase traumatic experiences without having to relive the experience. Clients admitted to FCR whose recovery is compromised by trauma will receive specialized trauma therapy delivered exclusively by Dr. Jon Connelly, the founder, and developer of RRT. This therapeutic treatment approach often takes as few as 1 to 3 sessions and is utilized to treat all types of trauma – whether it was a single incident or something that occurred on an ongoing basis.
For more information contact our admission office at: 800-851-3291
Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.