For years, studies and statistics have demonstrated that a significant portion of veterans struggle with substance abuse. Sadly, substance abuse is increasingly becoming a problem for active military personnel, whose time spent in active combat predisposes them to mental-health disorders and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which in turn can lead to substance abuse.
The abuse of illicit drugs – or more commonly – prescription drugs, can certainly impact a soldier’s health and mental well-being when they leave service and seek to adjust to life as a veteran. Prescription drug abuse is particularly a risk for disabled or injured veterans and soldiers who have suffered from painful combat-related injuries.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has said that more than 7% of veterans suffered from issues related to substance abuse. This information is based upon surveys they conducted between 2004 and 2006.
Substance abuse of prescription medications can have a severely negative impact on a veterans’ life, making it difficult to find reliable employment or to support their family and themselves.
In recognition of their duty and service to their country, active-duty soldiers and veterans should be provided with adequate support to cope with and overcome drug abuse. Likewise, veterans should be given the resources needed to prevent substance abuse and drug addiction in the first place.
If you are a veteran who has been injured while serving in the U.S. military, and you have struggled with substance abuse related to your injuries, please contact the Florida veterans disability rights law firm of Veterans Help Group.