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New Study Finds High Substance Abuse Rates Among Military Veterans

A new study from the Yale University School of Medicine has uncovered that military veterans with mental health disorders also suffer from high rates of addiction to drugs and alcohol.

During this study, the research team examined a sample size of over 1 million military veterans. Almost all of them were on record as suffering from mental disorders like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Most of them had also developed PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after having served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. However, surprisingly, between 21 and 35 percent of these military veterans also had substance abuse disorders.

“Our findings may be useful in program planning and for understanding the needs of veterans of different eras,” said Dr. Ismene Petrakis. “For example, in determining the needs of veterans from the current conflicts, it seems that those with serious mental illness are particularly in need of services to address a comorbid substance use disorder.”

The veterans from this study, and anyone who struggles with co-occurring disorders, have what is called a dual diagnosis.

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If you are suffering from co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders, call Road to Freedom at (844) 402-3605. Our dual diagnosis program can help you get sober and address any other needs you may have.

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