Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis Treatment Needed
High Suicide Rates Among Veterans
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One study of military personnel found that close to 30% of completed suicides were preceded by alcohol or drug use. And an estimated 20% of high-risk behavior deaths were attributed to alcohol or drug overdose. Substance Use Disorders in Military Veterans: Prevalence and Treatment Challenges
Military Veterans and PTSD
Military veterans who have seen combat situations, the same as first responders, experience extraordinary stress. Many vets will develop post traumatic stress (PTSD).
To cope with PTSD and anxieties in returning to civilian life – many veterans self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. All too often, this coping strategy becomes alcoholism or substance use disorder. The veteran will now struggle with addiction complicated by co-occurring disorders.
Dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders, refers to those experiencing alcoholism or substance use disorder as well as mental health disorders (including PTSD, anxiety and more).
Veterans and Chronic Pain
According to Military.com, more than half of veterans who participated in conflicts in the Middle East report they experience chronic pain. It’s no surprise that many are prescribed opiates to help them manage their pain. However that can lead to opioid addiction.
Today, veterans are two times more likely than non-veterans to suffer a fatal overdose from opiates.
Veteran Suicide Rates – 20 per Day
For immediate help through a crisis, Veterans or concerned family members or friends of a Veteran can contact the Veterans Crisis Line by calling 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1, using the online chat, or texting to 838255. These services provide free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Recent data on suicide rates among Army veterans, reported by the Department of Defense (DOD), showed an increase of more than 18% from 2011 to 2014. The Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) is now struggling to find solutions to this national crisis for our veterans.
Lack of access to critical mental health services may lead to suicidal behavior, especially among young military veterans who have completed multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Rates of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) in veterans continue to rise. SUDs are associated with substantial negative consequences. These can include medical problems, psychiatric co-occurring disorders (e.g., depression and anxiety), interpersonal and vocational impairment, and increased rates of suicidal thoughts and actual attempts at suicide.
Homeless Veterans Substance Use Disorders (SUDs)
Up to 80% of homeless Veterans suffer from mental health and/or substance use disorders. The path into and out of homelessness is often complicated by untreated or under treated mental health and substance use disorders.
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Homeless Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are more likely to have PTSD than homeless vets of previous eras.
For immediate help through a crisis, Veterans or concerned family members or friends of a Veteran can contact the Veterans Crisis Line by calling 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1, using the online chat, or texting to 838255.
These services provide free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
How Veterans Can Get Help for PTSD and Substance Abuse
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If you are a qualifying military veteran located in northern California – there is help available. Most veterans are eligible for VA Health Benefits, which help cover (or cover) the cost of mental health services, including addiction treatment.
• Veterans seeking treatment for substance abuse can start the process by talking with their primary VA health care provider; or contacting their nearest Vet Center.
• Get an appointment for a PTSD Dual Diagnosis referral
• Ask for Community-based Addiction Recovery Treatment at New Start Recovery Solutions.
New Start Recovery Solutions is a VA Community Care Provider
Using evidence-based trauma informed dual diagnosis integrated treatment – our veterans programs provide help for those struggling with PTSD and SUD (substance use disorder) or AUD (alcohol use disorder).
We treat the Whole Person – using Mindfulness for Relapse Prevention and other whole person evidence-based therapies.
Alcohol and Addiction Dual Diagnosis PTSD Rehab
Our Veterans PTSD Dual Diagnosis Programs include:
- Trauma-informed Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Emotional Regulation Strategies
Veterans How to Get Help
Step 1: Call the Local VA for an Appointment for Addiction Assessment.
There are many ways for Northern California Veterans to make health care appointments.
• If you don’t have VA health care benefits, you can apply now. Apply for VA health care.
• If you’re having a medical emergency, please call 911 or call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, then press 1.
• Make an Appointment in Northern California VA for an Addiction Assessment.
• Or call VETSConnect, 800-382-8387Appointment scheduling and answers to your health, eligibility and benefits questions are just a phone call away through VETSConnect, our friendly, convenient and easy-to-use telephone care program. Call 800-382-8387.
Step 2: Get a referral to New Start Recovery Solutions for community-based addiction recovery treatment.
Northern California VA Services
• Main Website: https://www.northerncalifornia.va.gov
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