Substance Abuse Treatment for the Military
Men and women in our nation’s military have much different stressors and lifestyles than ordinary citizens. Wartime deployment and combat put individuals in our armed forces at greater risk of developing unhealthy coping habits, such as alcohol and drugs.
In addition, the military has a zero-tolerance policy on drugs. While this means that only 2.3 percent use illicit drugs, it also means that most who are struggling with drug abuse don’t get the treatment they need. They’re too afraid they’ll lose their jobs. These policies also don’t cover legal substances that military personnel might use to deal with stress, such as alcohol or prescription pain relievers. In one study, more than half of the military members interviewed admitted to partaking in binge-drinking episodes, especially when faced with stressful situation like combat and war.