Struggles Veterans Face When Returning Home.
Serving in the U.S. military comes with a long list of physical, mental and emotional challenges. Many veterans battle against post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Most soldiers witness a series of traumatic events and end up using drugs and alcohol as a means to cope. Some symptoms of Combat-related PTSD do not develop immediately, (sometimes 6 months following the event), while some symptoms may appear directly after the stress ends.
Many veterans re-experience the events and trauma over and over-trying to come to terms with and process the events that transpired. These symptoms may reappear during times of active stress and may cause a solider to feel that he or she is in danger again. They may also experience: flashbacks-distressing reminders of a traumatic event, nightmares and feelings of fear and anxiety. New studies show an association between alcohol abuse and PTSD from military conflicts on the battlefield. In fact, one-third of U.S. veterans battle against PTSD and alcohol addiction. Alcohol addiction disorders are common among combat soldiers who develop combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder. Unfortunately, military code places a great deal of emphasis that soldiers remain strong and manage the hurdles. Combat soldiers in need of help for mental health issues, may avoid asking for the appropriate help. Furthermore, many soldiers opt for another tour of duty, enduring the trauma all over again.
Due to the complex nature of combat-related PTSD among soldiers; many of whom served several tours of duty – it is imperative that treatment begins immediately. Without treatment, combat-related PTSD is exacerbated, leaving the soldier feeling out of control and unable to cope with the overwhelming emotions he or she is experiencing. The most effective way to treat PTSD-related substance abuse is to enter a specialized rehab center. These facilities can teach former servicemen and women healthy ways to battle against PTSD.