Info on Mount Pleasant Rehab Centers
The town of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina has a history of naval activity, and is currently home to the USS Yorktown, a museum ship, and Patriot’s Point, a naval museum. Residents and tourists can visit these local spots to learn about the significant local history with the armed forces, but there is an element of the past and present that is not highlighted in these museums – addiction in veterans.
The National Institute on Health
outlines just how significant a problem substance abuse is among armed forces personnel. Between 2003 and 2009, 30 percent of suicide fatalities were drug-related, while 45 percent of failed suicide attempts were related to substance abuse or mental health issues. Additionally, a study conducted on soldiers returning from Iraq determined that 27 percent could be classified as alcoholics by clinical terms.
Substance abuse that occurs in military and navy personnel is often a result of mental health issues. Comprehensive treatment is available to deal with such issues in conjunction with substance abuse problems.Symptoms of PTSD
According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs, the prevalence of PTSD in returning war veterans is between 13 and 30 percent (depending upon which war/location they were returning from). Symptoms that characterize PTSD include:
- Extreme symptoms of anxiety with situational reminders
- A desire to self-medicate with alcohol or illicit drugs
Questions to Ask Before Enrolling in Rehab
If you are a veteran, it is important to find a treatment facility that specializes in post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions that are common in personnel from the armed forces. Since mental health is often at the root of substance abuse in the military, the addiction cannot be treated if the underlying problem is not addressed.
Before selecting a rehab facility, find out about their history treating members of the armed forces.