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US Veterans Alcohol and Drug Treatment

This generation has a better understanding of alcohol and drug use among combat veterans than in the past.  It is fortunate that alcohol dependence and drug addiction treatment has become more effective for everyone over the past 40 years, while our armed forces had a break in major conflicts.  Now veterans can get the help they need early after returning from combat, enabling them to resume normal family and social lives.

Alcohol and drug treatment has improved since the 1970s, giving more alcoholics and drug addicts hope that their lives can change.  And treatment for co-occurring substance abuse and mental health is now specialized in some treatment centers that offer integrated behavioral healthcare. This is a great benefit to US veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who may have issues with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and use alcohol or drugs to minimize emotional pain.

Alcohol and drug detox using medical detoxification procedures has become routine.  However, not many alcohol and drug treatment centers offer comprehensive medical detoxification for alcohol and drugs, if at all.  Starting treatment with a proper alcohol or drug detox that offers addiction counseling can build a solid foundation for long term recovery.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides alcohol and drug treatment through integrated behavioral healthcare specialized for US Veterans.  Our medical detoxification services include addiction counseling.  Mental health professionals are available to treat those who suffer from post-combat issues, so the chance of relapse after treatment can be minimized.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has placed a priority on minimizing alcohol and drug use over the past generation.  New guidelines restricting alcohol use on military bases has helped during service.  More importantly, DoD has made an effort to help veterans discover when a problem exists and, if needed, when to seek help.  A short section of a website dedicated to those aims follows.

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It's common for Service Members to drink alcohol while in the service. Some Service Members have admitted to alcohol use during their deployments, a situation in which there are clear rules governing alcohol use. Some Service Members drink even though they are under age. Service Members drink socially with their buddies, or to relax. Most often the drinking is kept under control and doesn't cause any serious problems. But for some Service Members, the drinking does get out of control. Problems in relationships like fighting, trouble fulfilling duties and responsibilities because of intoxication or a hangover, and financial and legal difficulties, such as a DUI or a "dirty" drug test, can all be consequences of excessive drinking.

While most people are able to drink in moderation without problems, for others drinking can create negative consequences. Problem drinking may take different forms. The most common are drinking heavily and binge drinking. Heavy drinking means continued drinking even though there are problems at work, or in relationships, or with a health-related matter, and even when there have been serious negative consequences such as getting a DUI or getting into fights. Binge drinking is defined as drinking five or more drinks at a time. Frequent binge drinkers are twenty-one times more likely than non-binge drinkers to damage property, be injured in accidents, act violently, have risky sex, drive drunk, or get in trouble with the law. Binge drinking among younger people has also been linked to memory problems.

-- Source: http://www.afterdeployment.org/index2.php?cid=s108_0110&rcid=s108_0100#2a

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles makes a daily effort to find treatment news articles that we can share with our readers in the alcohol and drug treatment community.  The external content was found among other articles of equal informational and educational quality.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County and Orange County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley, and in Santa Ana.

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