Veterans experience multiple mental health conditions at high rates. These include but aren’t limited to post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and substance use disorders. It is also common for these disorders to present together. For example, more than 20% of veterans with PTSD also live with a substance use disorder, and around a third of Veterans who seek help for substance abuse also have PTSD.
Trauma often plays a significant role in the mental health status of veterans and can affect your relationship with substance abuse. Whether you do or do not develop a full-blown trauma disorder like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the events you have experienced and witnessed can affect you in many ways. In turn, you may notice strain in your family life, social life, work, and other important areas.
This means that it is crucial for treatment centers that work with veterans to have extensive experience in multiple areas, including common comorbidities and veteran-specific challenges. While some substance abuse treatment centers focus primarily on symptoms of addiction, we believe in treating mental health comprehensively.