Why is veteran substance abuse so prevalent?

Military personnel are routinely exposed to stressors not commonly found in civilian lives. This exposure to trauma often results in mental health issues that must be managed on top of any physical injuries received while serving in the military. These ailments, along with readjusting to civilian life, can lead servicemembers to rely on substance abuse as a coping strategy. Subsequently, quality of life may degrade and any mental health issues are likely to worsen.

Additionally, veterans are more susceptible to injuries that will cause them lifetime problems. Any veterans who are prescribed opioid pain relievers to assist in managing chronic pain are at risk of becoming dependent on substances intended for pain management.    

Heather is a content writer from Ohio who has a sincere passion for psychology and addiction recovery. Her areas of interest include alcoholism, depression, and recovery options, to name a few.

Heather is a content writer from Ohio who has a sincere passion for psychology and addiction recovery. Her areas of interest include alcoholism, depression, and recovery options, to name a few.

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