We find that that many veterans experience:
Difficulty relating or make new friends with fellow students, co-workers or people in their community
Trouble sleeping, waking with night terrors
Discomfort with open spaces or new surroundings
Elevated feelings of anxiety
Being easily startled by loud noises
The reality is, re-integration is tough.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs estimates that 1 in 10 returning Iraq and Afghanistan war soldiers face problems with alcohol or other drugs. The numbers are similar for Vietnam era and Desert Storm vets.
As a service member, you experienced a demanding environment in military life and possibly in combat, when many military members and veterans experience psychological distress. This experience can be further complicated by substance use and other occurring disorders. After discharge, and seemingly overnight, you are expected to take care of everything in life all at the same time: job, housing, family, finances…all of it. Faced with this, many veterans turn to substances as a coping mechanism, and many face even more destructive realities such as entering the criminal justice system, homelessness, and worse.
But when you start to realize that you don’t want this destructiveness in your life, you can begin to understand the need for addiction treatment.
It’s more than just facing the addiction. It’s facing your life