Veterans tend to be affected by factors that correlate with substance abuse and misuse, including chronic pain, suicidal ideation, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), homelessness and more. Those who have served in the military also face unique stressors, such as deployment and reintegrating into civilian life. Alcohol and drugs may serve as coping tools for individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) or painful memories connected to traumatic experiences.
Zero-tolerance policies for substance abuse and the threat of dishonorable discharge as well as stigma around addiction may deter military personnel from seeking desperately-needed treatment, leading them to suffer in silence as their conditions worsen.
If this sounds familiar to you, know that you don’t need to hide your addiction or face your struggles alone. Help is available.
Pyramid Military Therapy & Recovery Programs offers a safe, secure environment for veterans in recovery from substance use disorders, free from judgment or shame. At our veterans addiction treatment center, clients live on-site, receiving education, therapy and medical monitoring while they work through underlying trauma and overcome substance use disorders.