Infographic: Military Drug Rehab

This infographic uses data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute on Drug Abuse to make the case that military drug abuse is a growing problem that is often left untreated or under-treated by service members who are reluctant to utilize treatment options such as rehab. It states that 7% of US veterans have a current substance use disorder and that these disorders are often made more difficult to overcome by specific issues such as co-occurring PTSD, depression, or traumatic brain injury. Prescription drug abuse is noted as a particular concern among military personnel who often become “hooked” on drug initially prescribed for physical injuries suffered in the field. In addition, the military’s culture of “toughness” can often thwart the provision of care, with service members viewing treatment as something that brands them as “weak” in their own eyes and potentially those of their comrades and superiors as well.