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US Veteran Drug Treatment

by James Heller 11. June 2009 07:28
A higher percentage of US veterans suffer from drug abuse and drug addiction than the whole of society.  This is because the war “theater” has an effect on armed personnel who face combat along with support staff who never do.  The stress of war can leave veterans who previously had no problems with alcohol or drugs surprised to find they suffer from addiction.

Prescription drug addiction is becoming a major problem for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Combat injured veterans use prescription drugs to relieve physical pain and emotional trauma they suffer.  Veterans who did not see combat may have had to cope with high stress situations, and will take medication to help overcome the trauma.  In each case, taking these drugs for legitimate reasons in the beginning may lead to addiction in the end.

Many US veterans return home choosing to self-medicate with illegal drugs.  They may fear repercussions for using illegal drugs, and probably don’t realize that they can get help for the trauma they suffered in combat along with drug treatment.  Sadly, these individuals usually end up in the criminal justice system, or worse, before they seek help on their own.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides drug treatment through integrated behavioral healthcare specialized for US Veterans.  Mental health professionals are available to treat those who suffer from co-occurring substance abuse and post-combat issues.  So alternate forms of medication can be explored and the chance of relapse after prescription drug treatment can be minimized.  

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has placed a priority on minimizing drug abuse over the past generation.  The DoD has made an effort to help veterans discover when a problem exists and when to seek drug treatment.  Since it is difficult for an individual to see their own path to prescription drug addiction, basic information can be very helpful in getting to treatment.  A short section of a website dedicated to those aims follows.

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Some Service Members are prescribed pain medicine for very real problems, including pain from injuries. In this situation, it's more difficult to talk about "misusing" or "abusing" drugs, because the medication was prescribed for an actual medical reason. But taking more of the medication than prescribed can become a serious problem. Why? First of all, many pain medications are addictive, which makes it difficult to stop taking more than prescribed. Second, these medications affect mood and thinking. Some people use their prescription medications to numb themselves or escape from stress and painful feelings. The danger, though, is that these drugs can also lead to depression, trouble thinking clearly, confusion, and addiction. There is also a risk of overdose or death when painkillers are mixed with other drugs or alcohol.

Here are some pointers for determining when prescription drugs are being misused:

  • More of the medication is taken than was prescribed.
  • Instances of running out of the medication early.
  • Using the medication for longer than it was prescribed.
  • Taking the medication for some other reason than the reason that it was prescribed (for example: to get high; to feel better).

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

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.

US Veterans Alcohol and Drug Treatment

by James Heller 10. June 2009 11:37
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.

US Veteran Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Treatment

by James Heller 15. May 2009 09:21
Many of our veterans of the US Armed Forces suffer from mental health issues, alcohol and drug abuse, and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.  It is more important than ever to make sure that quality treatment is available to veterans for these issues.

Alcohol and drug abuse among veterans of the US armed forces is slightly higher by percentage than for non-veterans.  While substance dependence can strike anyone, regardless of military status, substance abuse differs and is usually a means to escape stress.  Military personnel deal with a high level of stress and likely seek that escape.

Another 7 % percent suffer from mental health issues, and 1.5% from co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.  With tighter psychological screenings being given upon enlistment, these numbers indicate that the mental health issues originate during service.  And the percentage of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mental health issues is rising.

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides Integrated Behavioral Healthcare services for US veterans that include both alcohol and drug detox and treatment, along with mental health treatment.  Our veterans’ services are specially tailored to suit individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.  

The following is from a new report released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The full report gives detailed findings by gender, age, and income.

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  • Combined data from 2004 to 2006 indicate that an annual average of 7.0 percent of veterans aged 18 or older experienced past year serious psychological distress (SPD), 7.1 percent met the criteria for a past year substance use disorder (SUD), and 1.5 percent had co-occurring SPD and SUD
  • Veterans aged 18 to 25 were more likely than older veterans to have higher rates of past year SPD, SUD, and co-occurring SPD and SUD
  • Veterans with family incomes of less than $20,000 per year were more likely than veterans with higher family incomes to have had SPD, SUD, and co-occurring SPD and SUD in the past year

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