Effects of War Experiences on Mental Health
We celebrate our nation’s soldiers on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, and we often commend our brave service men and women on a job well done. However, not many people consider the incredible toll serving our country during a war or conflict takes on individual military members and their families.
War can be an extremely trying and tense experience. If a soldier experiences the loss of a comrade or witnesses the injury of other people, this can have serious consequences. On top of that, many soldiers have now been deployed several times. This ongoing stress and strain on family life combined with the stress of war can create a mental health issue. If you or someone you love has experienced the adverse effects of war on mental health, you aren’t alone.
PTSD in Soldiers and Veterans
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a difficult disorder to treat. The good news is that new treatments are being developed every year. Don’t give up hope, even if you have tried PTSD treatment before. Because so many soldiers are leaving war-torn areas and returning to the US, there is an ever greater push to find real solutions to PTSD that work.
Self-Medicating War Trauma with Drugs and Alcohol
Many soldiers are trained to be tough when times are dangerous. Soldiers consistently practice setting their emotions aside to ensure a job well done. This can lead to self-medication with drugs and alcohol.
Unfortunately, any self-medicating method with an addictive substance can lead to long-term trouble. Dependency and substance abuse can lead to family conflict, new traumas and dangers, job loss, accidents, and even arrest. Many people become trapped in the unfortunate spiral of substance abuse and addiction.
Mental Health Treatment for Veterans and Soldiers
If a soldier you love is in need of support, we can help. While many soldiers do seek treatment on base, some veterans and soldiers prefer to seek private rehab. Government-funded mental healthcare is not for everyone. We work with a wide network of treatment professionals and licensed rehab facilities to bring each caller specialized assistance.
We can help you find specialty mental health programs for veterans, PTSD, and addiction. Find out how we can help. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today.