For many active and retired military members, their substance abuse disorder starts with a mental illness. Some return from service with depression, PTSD or anxiety. Others have preexisting conditions, such as personality disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and bipolar disorder.
These dual-diagnosis residents require mental health services to resolve the issues that caused their substance use disorder. Many don’t realize that they have a mental illness until they start inpatient rehab. People in uniformed services often feel pressured to “tough it out,” worsening the stigma.
Treatment centers offer a safe, quiet environment away from the stress contributing to mental disorders. Your covered services may include a diagnosis followed by medication, counseling, support groups and education. Afterward, your rehab center provides continuing support so you work with the same doctors after you graduate.
Civilian health is just as important, so verify that your insurance company covers family therapy. Relatives and significant others can join you to resolve relationship conflicts.