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. They often end up using drugs or alcohol as a means to cope. Some symptoms of combat-related PTSD do not develop immediately. Sometimes the symptoms of PTSD don’t show up for 6 months or more following the event, while some symptoms may appear directly after the stress ends. Using substances to deal with PTSD often leads to alcoholism and PTSD in combat soldiers. Addiction treatment, as well as mental health treatment, will be necessary to completely recover from the pain of PTSD.
Many veterans re-experience the events and trauma over and over when 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 soldier 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.
Alcohol May Bring Escape to Traumatized Soldiers
New studies show an association between alcoholism and PTSD from military conflicts on the battlefield. In fact, one-third of U.S. veterans battle against alcoholism and PTSD. 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 on soldiers that they 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.
Alcoholism and PTSD Treated at Serenity House Detox
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 upon diagnosis. Without treatment, combat-related alcoholism and 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. When alcohol is involved in any dual diagnosis detox programs are the best way to start recovery. These facilities can teach former servicemen and women healthy ways to battle against PTSD.
The statistics about alcoholism and PTSD are very clear. Our veterans need help dealing with PTSD and any subsequent addiction. At Serenity House Detox in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we treat the dual diagnosis of PTSD and alcohol addiction with compassion, starting with detox and including trauma therapy. Give us a call at 866-294-5306 and help your vet recover from traumatic events and alcohol addiction.