- United States Coast Guard
- United States Army
- United States Air Force
- United States Marine Corp
- United States Navy
While my sons each still suffer from different types of injuries from their service time, they also have deep wounds from their time in another type of war zone. They each grew up in a household affected by Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). I often forget that many veterans lived lives similar to my sons that left them traumatized before they ever went off to defend our country. My sons today struggle with AUD, and recovery reminds me to show compassion to them.
Many go to battle with a healthy mind and body, but how many more go with a spirit that has been harmed previously by a family caught up in addiction? Add into this mix a co-occuring problem of SUD and the vet has a real struggle to overcome:
- More than 2 of 10 Veterans with PTSD also have SUD
- War Veterans with PTSD and alcohol problems tend to be binge drinkers. Binges may be in response to bad memories of combat trauma
- Almost 1 out of every 3 Veterans seeking treatment for SUD also has PTSD
- The number of Veterans who smoke (nicotine) is almost double for those with PTSD (about 6 of 10) versus those without a PTSD diagnosis (3 of 10)
- In the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, about 1 in 10 returning soldiers seen in VA have a problem with alcohol or other drugs. *United States Department of Veterans
In the recovery community there is a slogan that says, "Do the next right thing." Today it is thanking a vet for their service.
Reach Out Recovery By: Madeline Schloop