Top 5 Reasons Veterans Are Vulnerable to Addiction

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At 12 South Recovery in Lake Forest, CA, we understand the importance of addressing the specific needs of veterans when it comes to addiction and mental health treatment. Veterans face unique challenges and experiences that make them more vulnerable to addiction. In this article, we will delve into the top 5 reasons why veterans are at a higher risk of developing addiction issues.

1. Deployment Stress

Deployment stress is a significant contributor to addiction among veterans. The experiences and traumas faced during active duty can leave lasting emotional scars. These stressors can trigger the desire to escape or cope through substance abuse.

2. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a prevalent mental health condition among veterans. The haunting memories and flashbacks associated with PTSD can be overwhelming. Many veterans turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate and alleviate their emotional pain.

3. Social Isolation

The social isolation that often accompanies military service can also be a risk factor. Returning to civilian life can be challenging, and veterans may struggle to reconnect with family and friends. Loneliness and a lack of support can lead to substance abuse as a means of filling the void.

4. Easy Access to Prescription Medications

Veterans often have easy access to prescription medications due to medical treatment received during their service. Unfortunately, this accessibility can lead to misuse and addiction. Painkillers and sedatives are commonly abused substances in this context.

5. Transition Stress

The process of transitioning from military to civilian life can be extremely stressful. Veterans may experience financial difficulties, unemployment, and a loss of identity. These challenges can drive individuals toward substance abuse as a way to cope with the uncertainty and stress.

Reach Out to Us Today!

At 12 South Recovery, we specialize in providing holistic addiction and mental health treatment tailored to the unique needs of veterans. We offer a range of evidence-based therapies and support services to help veterans regain control of their lives and overcome addiction. If you or a loved one is a veteran struggling with addiction, reach out to us today at 866-257-5551 for confidential and compassionate assistance. Your journey to recovery begins here.


No, while we specialize in serving veterans, we provide addiction and mental health treatment to individuals from all walks of life.

We offer a wide range of therapies, including individual counseling, group therapy, trauma-focused therapy, and more, tailored to the specific needs of veterans.

Yes, we accept various insurance plans to make treatment more accessible to our clients.

Yes, our primary facility is located in Lake Forest, CA. However, we have a network of partners and resources to ensure comprehensive care for veterans.

To begin your journey to recovery, simply call our dedicated hotline at 866-257-5551. Our team is ready to assist you in taking the first step toward a healthier and happier life.

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