Veterans and Addiction

Written by Lompoc Valley Medical Center on in Health & Wellness

The U.S. has seen a steep increase in the problem of substance abuse and alcoholism not only by civilians but by veterans and active duty military as well.

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The U.S. has seen a steep increase in the problem of substance abuse and alcoholism not only by civilians but by veterans and active duty military as well.

The Department of Defense has a strict zero-tolerance policy for drug use. But the trauma experienced during combat or prolonged deployments, as well as military sexual abuse and work-related injuries, has contributed to the rise in overuse of prescription medicine and illegal drugs.

Veterans and active duty members also struggle with high rates of tobacco addiction and alcoholism.

Veterans and Addiction
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