Substance Abuse and The Impact On Our Military

Drug Rehab in RaleighThe brave men and women who serve our country in our military are facing a crisis in their ranks. According to a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the active duty population uses illicit drugs less than the civilian populations, however, the use of prescription drugs, behavioral medications and alcohol are higher than in the private sector. Understanding the driving factors behind these statistics are important. If you're searching for outpatient drug rehab in Raleigh, NC that really works, know that Legacy is just a phone call away. Pick up the phone and reach out for help.

For many of our soldiers, their service in the military has exposed them to traumatic events and placed them in dangerous situations. As a result, cases of post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and insomnia are on the rise. Rather than rely on the military health system and face discharge or disability labeling, many active duty service members choose to self-medicate with excessive alcohol use or drugs. For alcohol and drug rehab in Raleigh for veterans, call Legacy Freedom for help.

  • Service members who have been in high combat exposure situations are more likely to binge drink. When surveyed, 27% of those who responded said that they had binge drank in the last seven days.
  • Binge drinking every week has been reported among one-fifth of service members.
  • Veterans aged 18 to 25 are being diagnosed with substance abuse disorders at an alarming rate. Approximately 25 percent of those in the age group would meet the criteria for substance abuse disorder.
  • The illicit drug use among active duty members is at 3 percent.
  • Prescription medications are being misused and abused by 11 percent of service members.
  • Prescription opioid painkillers are the most frequently abused drug among service members.

If you or someone you love is relying on substances to self-medicate because of the trauma of combat or military experiences, Legacy Freedom can help. We are not a twelve step program. We offer a holistic approach to substance abuse and addiction. Our holistic approach is focused on treating the whole person, not just the addiction. Understanding the underlying causes of your addiction will help you heal and embrace a sober and purpose filled life.

Together with your Life-Purpose coach, you will develop a treatment plan that is entirely focused on you, your interests and your needs. Our on-staff dietician and physical therapists will help you heal the physical damage your addiction has done to your body. Healing from the inside out with proper nutrition and returning your focus to your well-being.

Our staff of therapists and clinicians combine traditional one-on-one talk and group therapy with alternative therapies that are designed to challenge, motivate, center and teach you coping skills to overcome the root causes of your addiction. We offer more than ten different types of alternative therapies. We're sure you will find one to interest and inspire you. Choose from:

  • Inner Child Therapy
  • EMDR Therapy
  • Adventure Therapy
  • Equine Assisted Therapy
  • Meditation Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Sound Therapy
  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Chemical Dependancy Therapy
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Aromatherapy

Drug Rehab in RaleighOnce you have chosen your therapies, your Life-Purpose coach and your care team will create a care plan that is entirely focused on you. Whether you have tried twelve step programs, rehabilitation centers or other Raleigh drug treatment options before, we feel that our holistic approach addresses your addiction in a way that is unique to Legacy Freedom. Learn more about our alternative therapies in our previous blog posts and discover more about the holistic approach to substance abuse that we offer.

Experts estimate that one in six veterans experience symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and one in four veterans who had served in Afghanistan displayed a mental or cognitive disorder. Knowing the signs of both PTSD and cognitive disorders can help friends and family identify when their loved one is having difficulty and may be able to help them get help before drug or alcohol abuse begins.

Cognitive difficulties or disorders are characterized by:

  • Trouble with long term or short term memory
  • Loss of motor coordination
  • Confusion of identity
  • Generalized confusion
  • Impaired Judgement

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by:

  • Nightmares or flashbacks
  • Being triggered by sights, sounds or smells
  • Situational avoidance
  • Withdrawal from friends, family or romantic partners
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating
  • Extreme feelings of distrust
  • Outbursts of anger or overreaction to common events

Experiencing these symptoms can be frightening and make the person feel isolated and alone. Often while they are experiencing the feelings of loneliness and isolation is when they will turn to drugs or alcohol to help them cope. Whether they drink or use to forget the traumatic experiences, they have had or only to make themselves feel better or put them in a good mood, using alcohol or drugs is not a solution to this problem.

Concerned that your friend or loved one may have a substance abuse addiction? Look for these signs:

  • Changes in behavior or mood
  • Difficulties with their military superiors or duties
  • Failing to make uniform standards or requirements
  • Change in activity level or interest in activities
  • Erratic spending
  • Irresponsible sexual behavior
  • Lying about using or whereabouts when they have been using

Trust your gut; you know your friend or family member better than anyone else. If you sense that something is wrong, reach out to a friend of confidence, a member of the clergy or someone that your loved one is close to. Having someone else to help you approach them about their behavior and your suspicions can assist with the conversation. PTSD, substance abuse, addiction, and cognitive impairments are completely treatable conditions and Legacy Freedom cab help.

Newer therapies like eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has been shown to be incredibly effective for patients who suffer from substance abuse and PTSD. EMDR therapy helps the brain learn to cope and alleviates the trauma and memories which drive the patients PTSD. Through a series of treatments, the patient and therapist revisit the traumatic events and resolve these lingering memories through a number of bilateral sensory inputs and developing coping mechanisms. Over time, these memories will become significantly less distressing and the trauma from the event will become more manageable.

Holistic Drug Rehab in Raleigh NC That Really Works

Don't wait to get help for your substance abuse or addiction. Together with Legacy Freedom and our holistic approach to drug addiction treatment, we can help overcome the underlying reasons for your drug or alcohol use and help you begin to heal. The journey to a sober, purpose filled life begins with the decision to call or click to connect with Legacy Freedom of Raleigh. Our care team is ready, what are you waiting for?

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