Memorial Day Special

Substance abuse effects veterans and active duty military personnel due to factors like PTSD and injuries.
May 23, 2016

On Memorial Day, we celebrate the lives of the brave men and women who have given their lives to protect our freedom. While there are many who have lost their lives in the line of duty, there are also many who have not but who still suffer.

Many of our service members suffer from both physical and mental pain—which can range from PTSD to injuries suffered on the battlegrounds.

Prescription drugs are being used more, which can lead to substance abuse in some circumstances.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (samhsa.gov), there are over 23 million veterans in the United States, with around 2 million active duty personnel in the military. SAMHSA also computes that a little over 7% of these veterans meet the criteria for substance abuse. In 2009, mental and substance abuse disorders were the leading cause of hospitalizations among US troops.

There seems to be an epidemic among veterans and troops when it comes to substance use and abuse. But there is help!

New Vision™ provides medical stabilization and withdrawal management services in a care, and confidential environment. Our hearts mourn deeply for the troops and veterans lost due to substance abuse. For more information, visit our section for patients and families.