Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center Remembering Our Addicted Veterans on Memorial Day

Remembering Our Addicted Veterans on Memorial Day

As we endeavor to observe another Memorial Day this weekend, Recovery Unplugged feels it appropriate and necessary to observe the widespread addiction and mental health issues plaguing our servicemen and women. The current rates of addiction and mental illness among our veteran population, to say nothing of the declining state of care we afford our vulnerable returning soldiers, mandates a new and more proactive approach to caring for this special contingent.

Despite the noble and entirely selfless act of traveling thousands of miles away from home (often to hostile regions), many who wind up struggling with service-related addiction or mental illness often find it difficult to get the timely and quality care we need. The Recovery Unplugged team seeks to reverse this trend and pair all veterans and civilians with the care they need for their chemical dependency and mental illness.

We would like to extend our sincerest and most profound appreciation to the men and women of our armed forces, and let them know that we are committed to honoring their sacrifice by connecting their affected ranks with quality and comprehensive addiction care assistance. Happy Memorial Day to you and your families.

Six Alarming Veteran Addiction Statistics:

Over 20 percent of all veterans struggling with PTSD also suffer from addiction.

Nearly 30 percent of military suicides involve drugs and alcohol.

Approximately 50% of returning service members who need treatment for mental health conditions seek it, but only slightly more than half who receive treatment receive adequate care.

The Army suicide rate reached an all-time high in 2012.

Pain reliever prescriptions written by military physicians quadrupled between 2001 and 2009.

According to the Army, only 40 percent of veterans who screen positive for serious emotional and substance use disorders seek help from a mental health professional.

 

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