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The Watershed’s 24-Hour Alcohol & Drug Addiction Crisis and Support Helpline for Veterans

The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs is dedicated to restoring the lives of sick and suffering addicts and alcoholics. With a number of unique, individualized treatment programs to target and treat the root causes of addiction, The Watershed has been able to help over 55,000 alcoholics and addicts since 1998.

The reality is that alcoholism and drug addiction affects millions of people in the world, some of whom are veterans that have dedicated their time and service to our own country. Veterans often end up experiencing trauma that affects and shapes them for the rest of their lives. As a result, it’s not unusual for veterans to turn to alcohol and/or other drugs as a way to cope with flashbacks, trauma, and memories.

If you are a veteran or relative of a veteran, The Watershed wants you to know that we are here to offer you alcohol and drug addiction support during any time of the day or week. For immediate support, you can call The Watershed now at 1-800-861-1768.

Veterans Substance Abuse Statistics

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health revealed that 1.5 million veterans who were aged at 17 years or older had suffered from a substance abuse problem within the year. In fact, veteran substance abuse more than doubled from 1990 through 2001 to 2001 through 2013.

Substance use disorders in veterans are rising despite the fact that there are strict regulations in the military regarding substance abuse. In fact, a study listed on the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids in 2012 revealed that 39 percent of nearly 600 veterans who returned from Iraq or Afghanistan screened positive for alcohol abuse. In addition to this, 3 percent screened positive for drug use and 13.9 percent screened positive for PTSD.

Veterans with Chronic Pain

Not only is substance abuse a problem for veterans but chronic pain is also a concern as well. Chronic pain is common for veterans who have suffered mild to extreme physical pain and/or injuries as a result of their duties while active, but this can result in the need for prescription painkillers which carry a high risk of abuse.

Understanding Veteran Substance Abuse

Veterans can begin abusing substances for a number of reasons, including as a way to deal with the pressure and demands of their role as well as the traumatic events they endured while on active duty.

Many veterans suffer from co-occurring disorders like Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), depression, and/or anxiety as a result of their experiences, so they may also use substances as a way to “self-medicate” these conditions.

Transitioning from active duty can also bring its own difficulties and stress as well, so it helps to become aware of the various types of resources that are available for veterans.

While veteran substance abuse may be on the rise, support and treatment is available. The Watershed, for example, offers a medical detox and inpatient rehab for veterans and their families who struggle with substance use disorders. As a private dual diagnosis treatment center, The Watershed is equipped with qualified, trained professionals and the appropriate knowledge to address co-occurring disorders.

Alternative resources for veterans struggling with substance use, PTSD, and/or the transition back into civilian life after active duty include local community support groups, outreach programs, shelters, and/or counseling.

Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

However, when it comes to veteran substance abuse, the reality is that treatment is necessary. Addiction can leave anybody physically and/or psychologically dependent on substances. In addition to this, living in an active addiction to substances can result in health consequences, financial distress, homelessness, and personal relationship problems.

Unfortunately, none of these consequences are often enough to deter an addict from abusing substances on their own. This is why treatment for substance use disorders like alcoholism and drug addiction is so important. Through a medical detox and inpatient rehab, individuals suffering from substance use disorders can get off all substances and then learn how to maintain sobriety by working a program of recovery.

If you are a veteran struggling with substance abuse or the loved one of veteran with a substance use disorder, The Watershed is here to provide support. Call The Watershed’s 24-Hour Alcohol & Drug Addiction Crisis and Support Helpline today at 1-800-861-1768.

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