Veterans and Addiction
Veterans who have mental health issues may also hesitate to seek help due to the perceived stigmas around mental health disorders and turn to alcohol and/or other drugs to self-medicate their symptoms.
Veterans returning home from military deployment and combat may face a number of challenges when trying to adjust back to civilian life.
Arguably, one of the biggest challenges is coping with any traumas they may have endured during deployment, such as significant injury, witnessing the death of a peer, or sexual assault.
The rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are high for veterans, specifically for those in the Army or Marine Corps who experienced moderate to severe combat. These veterans may also show signs of other mental health issues, drug abuse, and other physical health issues relating to the traumas they experienced during their military service.