Addiction in the Military: Alcohol and Substance Abuse

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Military personnel are just as prone to substance use and abuse as the rest of us. In fact, in the case of alcohol abuse and binge drinking, members of the military are more likely to deal with these forms of addiction than the general public.

At DreamLife Recovery, one of our goals is to help military members transition back into civilian life with addiction treatment. While learning to cope with traumatic experiences without relying on substances can be a challenge, you don’t have to do it alone. Our experts have experience working with military members and veterans and treating them through a number of evidence-based therapies.

Alcoholism in the Military

What makes alcohol the drug of choice for most military members with substance use disorders? Most of the time, it’s a combination of:

  • A lack of other outlets: Likely due to the military’s zero-tolerance policy for illicit drugs, drug use in active-duty personnel is very low. Testing positive for illicit drugs in random testing can lead to a dishonorable discharge and even criminal prosecution. Alcohol does not carry such penalties, making it a “safer” way to indulge in mind-altering substances. It’s also easier to access, providing a quick and easy way to forget about the day.
  • PTSD and other mental illnesses: Substance use disorders are most common in military members who experience more active combat. Facing violent, volatile situations can weigh on anyone and drinking to forget the images is common. The situations military members face often lead to post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and similar mental illnesses. Developing these conditions is another precursor to additional challenges, like substance abuse or alcoholism.

Get Treatment for First Responders at DreamLife Recovery

As a member of the U.S. military, you deserve the best of what your country has to offer. Your specialized skills kept the rest of us safe and now it’s your turn to find healing. If you’re in the military and dealing with a substance use disorder, DreamLife Recovery wants to help. Our first responder treatment program takes your unique experiences into account so you can learn how to manage your condition and get back to your dream life.

If you’re ready to recover, contact us today at 844-402-3592 or by using our online form. Our team will ensure you get the discreet, compassionate care you need for addiction and its co-occurring disorders.