Members of the U.S. military, while regimented in many areas of their lives and career, are not immune to the perils of addiction that plague the civilian population. The unique stressors experienced by veterans and active duty members, including deployment, combat, and PTSD, can all contribute to self-medication and eventually addiction to psychoactive substances. The US Department for Veterans Affairs- National Center for PTSD cites the following statistics:
- More than 2 of 10 Veterans with PTSD also have SUD.
- War Veterans with PTSD and alcohol problems tend to be binge drinkers. Binges may be in response to bad memories of combat trauma.
- Almost 1 out of every 3 Veterans seeking treatment for SUD also has PTSD.
- The number of Veterans who smoke (nicotine) is almost double for those with PTSD (about 6 of 10) versus those without a PTSD diagnosis (3 of 10).
- In the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, about 1 in 10 returning soldiers seen in VA have a problem with alcohol or other drugs.
There are many resources available to veterans who are seeking help for substance use disorders, and a host of these resources are available to Maryland residents in particular. Below is a list of these resources, which we encourage you to explore if you feel you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol.
Maryland Resources for Veteran’s Addiction Services
- Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency
- Anne Arundel County veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan and their families can receive free mental health and substance abuse treatment.
- Contact (410) 222-0117 to locate an area clinic or health care provider.
- Confidential services will include assessments, inpatient and outpatient treatment and intensive case management.
- VET Center
- Vet Centers provide:
- Individual, Group Marriage/Family, Sexual Trauma/Abuse Counseling
- Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Referral for Tx
- Referral/Job & VA Benefits Counseling
- Liaison for VA Medical Center & Other Community Agencies
- Referral for Homeless Veterans and Community Information
- VET Center
- 100 Annapolis Street, Annapolis MD 21401; (410) 605-7826, (800) 463-6295, www.vetcenter.va.gov
- Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training
- Nonprofit organization that treats veterans with homelessness and substance abuse
- 301 North High St., Baltimore, MD 21202
- Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Provides information and additional resources for veterans.
- Military OneSource
- Provides information and resources for members of the military.
- Network of Care
- Provides information on services, support, and advocacy for Veterans and other special interest groups, sorted by state and county.
- US Department of Veterans Affairs: VA Maryland Healthcare System
- Guidance on how to enroll for VA healthcare
- Veterans Crisis Line
- Connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
- Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.
Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Addiction Treatment for Veterans
If you feel you may need inpatient treatment, a facility with the capability to treat Dual Diagnosis (ex, PTSD and addiction) will likely be your best option for recovery. For information on the treatment programs offered at Serenity Acres, contact our admissions team today at 1-800-203-2024.