Veterans and Opioid Abuse
Opioid abuse among veterans is widespread. It is dangerous how widespread these narcotics have become among American veterans. The drugs for the veteran may be a release from the pain you experienced at war. If you contact us, we can help you. Why not pick up the phone now?
The Reality of Opioid Overdose Death Amid US Military
On September 28, 2013, the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed prescriptions for certain opioids such as oxycodone and methadone skyrocketed 270 percent in the past 12 years. The death rate from these opioids is double the national average. More than 50 percent of the US veteran population has chronic pain with post-traumatic stress disorder contributing to that. 2 out of 10 veterans struggling with PTSD also suffer from a substance addiction.
From 2001 to 2013, 2.5 times as many folks passed away because of opioid abuse. But with these harrowing statistics, what can you, the veteran, do to help yourself? We might be able to point you in the right direction.
Where to Turn if The VA Cannot be Trusted
If the US Veterans Affairs Department cannot be relied on to help you, where can you turn? There are thousands of substance abuse counselors and addiction treatment centers willing to help you. Some are free while most accept private insurance or cash pay.
In the long run, substance abuse costs individuals and companies a lot of money. In fact, it costs companies $81 billion per year since most drug users are employed. This is according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. (NCADD). About 70% of the 15 million addicts are employed. Their addiction can cause a myriad of problems at work resulting in lost revenue and other damages due to missed work days, financial problems, poor concentration, missed deadline, accidents, etc.
Finding the right substance abuse treatment plan can be difficult. The best companies to work for have strong insurance benefits for their employees and family members. They understand the importance of assisting their employees and family members during difficult times.
The video below takes a controversial angle at what causes addiction. It’s worth a watch.