For veterans around the country, prescription drug addiction is increasing at an alarming rate. Those who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are in frequent need of the drugs that will help them reduce the emotional and physical effects of combat.
Veterans often use pain killers to stabilize the anxiety they feel over the experiences they had in combat. They avoid switching to other drugs because they feel it may not be effective enough. Eventually, additional amounts of painkillers are taken to produce more relieving effects.
Mental health disorders that result from combat trauma can be treated through the use of anti-depressants and sedatives. This works by helping patients manage the initial trauma and then prepare for therapy to restore the health of the mind.
Withdrawal symptoms may appear during the treatment period. The euphoric sensations that these drugs produce further prompts patients to prolong their use. At the Nova Vitae Treatment Center, our therapists are experienced in working with families who have veteran family members affected by addiction problems.
If you are a veteran or know one who is experiencing an addiction that is endangering their health, please call us today.