Substance Abuse and Mental Health Concerns When Transitioning to Civilian Life

Serving in the military is not like any other job. It’s a unique way of life that puts its members under a huge amount of stress — especially those who have been deployed to combat zones where they have not only experienced the horrors of war but they were also exposed to environmental stressors. These factors combined many times create difficulties for veterans to transition and adjust to civilian life. And, in a culture that has strict rules about drug use with attitudes and stigmas surrounding mental health, coming forward to seek help for any related issues can prove to be a challenge on its own.

Veterans who have difficulties reintegrating into civilian life often report having mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These disorders are all strongly linked to substance abuse among military veterans as often self-medication by using alcohol and other drugs to control symptoms are the reason. In fact, research says that military veterans with a substance abuse problem are between three and four times more likely to also be living with depression or PTSD. These co-occurring mental health problems have also been reported among active duty service members, and although they are common, it is important to understand they should not go untreated.

Unfortunately, approximately half of the military personnel report that they feel seeking help for a mental health issue would be damaging to their careers. Lack of confidentiality around these personal issues is another cause for concern, but although these disorders are often common among military members they must be addressed and treated. Masking the symptoms to remain functional is not the answer and it will only make matters worse.

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use disorder and related mental health conditions treatment is available.  Florida Center for Recovery provides specialized addiction treatment for our nation’s Military Members in Fort Pierce offering an all-inclusive detox and inpatient program.

Upon admission, each individual is given a thorough medical exam, a psychiatric evaluation and further comprehensive assessments. For those diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) our program offers specialized trauma therapy through Rapid Resolution Therapy® (RRT) — one of the nation’s most successful therapy programs for healing trauma to date.

We understand the unique challenges faced by military members when returning to civilian life. We provide safe, professional, and confidential services to our clients at our residential rehab facility in Florida giving our clients the time and space they need to focus on specific issues, including past traumas.

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Florida Center for Recovery
Clinical Excellence & Compassionate Care in a Healing Environment
Providing Addiction & Mental Health Treatment Since 2002