Substance abuse is so prevalent that it impacts virtually every sector of society, leaving no sub-group or special population untouched. This includes active-duty and retired military members, the people who are or have been entrusted with defending our country’s freedoms.
In fact, military use of antipsychotic, sedative, mood stabilizing, and stimulant drugs have increased significantly, particularly between 2005 and 2011. The New York Times reported a 700 percent increase in psychoactive drug prescriptions among the military in that span.
This spike in psychotropic drug use has also had another unfortunate effect, according to a mental health watchdog group.
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR) stated that the increased use of psychotropic medications directly correlated with spikes in military suicides. It’s also worth noting that in 2016, the suicide rate for veterans was 1.5 times greater than that of civilians, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
It is also worth noting that alcohol use among men and women in the military is higher than that of civilians.
What this all means is that sufficient drug treatment is a pressing concern for members of the United States Armed Forces. This is especially the case for members of the United States Army, which saw its suicide rate increase by 150 percent between 2001 and 2009. However, the Army does provide treatment services through the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP).
ASAP is not your only option.
Professional addiction treatment can offer an array of services that includes the latest in addiction treatment therapies and practices.
Read on to find out more about ASAP and reputable professional treatment.
Depending on the substance, it might take time to identify whether someone has a substance abuse issue. At some point, however, the person will begin to display outward signs and exhibit certain behaviors that point to addiction. These signs can be physical, behavioral, and/or psychological in nature.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addiction as “as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences.”
A user will often exhibit compulsive, drug-seeking behavior centered on obtaining their drug of choice.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) publishes a manual considered the foremost authority on psychiatric diagnoses. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) outlines 11 criteria that characterize addiction.
On its site, ASAP states that its mission is “to strengthen the overall fitness and effectiveness of the Army’s workforce, to conserve manpower and enhance the combat readiness of Soldiers.”
Instead of treating individuals to restore them to military fitness, our goal is to provide treatment that helps them to achieve complete recovery for their lives. We do so by providing an array of services that treat the mind, body, and soul.
Here’s a look at what those services look like:
Professional treatment is administered through a continuum of care, a system of evidence-based recovery processes marked by four broad levels of therapy.
Whether your addiction is to alcohol, opioids, marijuana, or cocaine, a professional, civilian treatment program will rid your body of the addictive substance, get you mentally and physically stabilized, help you get to the root of your addiction, and equip you with the life skills and strategies necessary to live a sober life.
If you have a substance abuse disorder and a co-occurring mental health issue, you can get specialized dual diagnosis treatment in a reputable, professional program.
The first step in treatment is medical detoxification, which occurs via acute treatment. At this stage, the addictive substance is removed from the body, and any concerning withdrawal symptoms are alleviated. All the while, a staff of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel provide around-the-clock care and supervision.
Clinical stabilization services offer comprehensive therapy and counseling designed to treat the underlying causes of your addiction, while outpatient care provides additional therapy on a part-time basis.
After your treatment is completed, a caseworker can help you get connected to a recovery community that can provide support and mentoring as you begin your new journey.
We want to help you get the treatment that benefits your whole life.
Call 844-326-4514 anytime, day or evening, for a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable addiction recovery specialists. We can help you find the right treatment option. You can also contact us online for more information.
Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://home.army.mil/imcom/index.php/Organization/human-services/g1-personnel/asap
Citizens Commission on Human Rights International. (2017, July 25). Watchdog Says Psychotropic Drug Link to Military and Veteran Suicides Warrants Federal Probe. Retrieved from https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/watchdog-says-psychotropic-drug-link-to-military-and-veteran-suicides-warrants-federal-probe-300493676.html
Delphi Behavioral Health Group. (2018, August 30). Symptoms and Signs of Addiction in a Loved One. Retrieved from https://delphihealthgroup.com/addiction/signs-of-addiction/
Friedman, R. A. (2018, October 19). Opinion | Wars on Drugs. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/07/opinion/sunday/wars-on-drugs.html
Medina, J. (2018, November 19). Revised Alcohol/Substance Use Disorders. Retrieved from https://psychcentral.com/disorders/addictions/substance-use-disorder-symptoms/
National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2013, March 01). Substance Abuse in the Military. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/substance-abuse-in-military
Teeters, J. B., Lancaster, C. L., Brown, D. G., & Back, S. E. (2017, August 30). Substance use disorders in military veterans: Prevalence and treatment challenges. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5587184/