PTSD & Substance Use among Veterans

Research has shown there is a correlation between substance use disorder (SUD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans.
November 15, 2016

Research has shown there is a correlation between substance use disorder (SUD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans.

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, 2 out of 10 veterans with PTSD also experience SUD. The research also shows when PTSD occurs in veterans, the chances of their affliction with substance use disorder rises.

Furthermore, close to 50% of veterans with PTSD are not seeking the appropriate help to deal with the disease. So, how do they cope with their disorder? A common occurrence is drug and alcohol abuse. Since it is often used as a coping mechanism, substance abuse gives the veteran the opportunity to avoid reality and the damaging effects of PTSD.

New Vision withdrawal management is an effective tool to treat SUD in veterans by offering the former service member a safe, compassionate, and monitored withdrawal management environment.

Take a moment as we celebrate Veterans' Day to seek more info about support services offered to veterans in your community. Go to VA.gov for more resources.

Source: www.va.gov.