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, but not many people consider the incredible toll serving our country during a war or conflict can be 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 even witnesses danger or the injury of other people, it can take a serious toll. On top of that, many soldiers have now been deployed several times over. This ongoing stress and strain on family life combined with the stress of war can create a mental health disaster.
PTSD in Soldiers and Veterans
Post-traumatic stress disorder 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 U.S., there is an ever-greater push to find real solutions to post-traumatic stress 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-medicating behavior 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 mental illness.
Mental Health Treatment for Veterans and Soldiers
If you or a soldier you love is in need of support, we can help. While many soldiers do seek treatment through military programs, some prefer to seek private rehab for veterans. Government-funded mental health care 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 rehab, family counseling and more. Our helpline is 24-hours and completely toll-free. Find out how we can help you today.