Healing Wounds That Are Unseen.
Could It Be Post-Traumatic Stress?
Trouble Adjusting To Civilian Life.
With an influx of stimulation and changing circumstances, the inability to sleep is common. Sometimes, it is reminders from post-traumatic events that occur unexpectedly that prevent the return normalcy. Sometimes, it is for more benign reasons. Sleeplessness, irritability and tension result.
Rebuilding Purpose And Relationships.
It is common for Veterans to miss the unit they served with throughout their deployments, often experiencing extraordinary circumstances. While they equally love their families and friends at home, it can be difficult to reconnect and easier to isolate. Isolation can lead to emotional challenges and risks.
Never Feeling Safe.
Constant alertness in combat is safe behavior. However, it creates a constant state of distraction in everyday life.
Taking Post-Traumatic Stress Seriously.
Train a service member to ignore pain and fear. Put him or her into conditions where they are away from home for long periods, separated from family, and can face unimaginable conditions. Then bring that same person home, separate them from their purpose and the tribe they served with, and expect a return to normalcy.
Those who serve in the military are independent, proud, loyal and humble. What happens in service results in symptoms experienced by 25-50% of Veterans and their families. Research suggests that post-traumatic symptoms can develop and worsen over time, especially if not addressed promptly.
Substance In Place of a Cure.
Those who struggle with chronic pain or trauma are up to four times more likely to overuse alcohol or narcotics, adding to the stigma many already feel.
The reasons are simple: High levels of stress or pain make it more likely for a person to turn to drugs or alcohol for escape. Drugs can increase pleasure, decrease anxiety, and provide a distraction from painful emotions or the physical injuries that are common in the military.
But the short-term relief of alcohol or drugs quickly becomes a long-term health problem. Veterans Recovery Resources is dedicating to addressing the root causes of post-traumatic stress and offering alternative pain management techniques and opportunities to connect with others who understand.
Suicide is a National Public Health Concern.
Veterans can be especially vulnerable.
Fortunately there are solutions.
It is a complex issue. You or your loved one may have increased risk if there is a prior suicide attempt, stressful life events or the availability of lethal means. Positive coping skills, feeling connected to other people and access to mental health care reduce the risk. That’s where Veterans Recovery Resources comes in—as well as other providers.
If you are feeling at risk–or worried about someone who may be – reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line now for a range of confidential chat, text or call options.