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Recently, Wounded Warrior Project funded a study with the Rand Corporation on the need to treat substance use disorder along with treating traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The often co-occurring conditions must be treated simultaneously to be as effective as possible.
Using data from ongoing research studies on the efficacy of treatments and interventions for PTSD, chronic pain, depression, TBI, and substance abuse is crucial when helping current and future patients. Most importantly, data shows that PTSD is highly treatable.
Transitioning from military to civilian life can be jarring and can sometimes lead to suicide, but veteran Morgan Luttrell says to stick it out. Take the reins, find the help you need, and commit to it.
Ken Falke spent years taking "diver's candy," but after his own injuries were helped by chiropractic care, he became a supporter of alternative medicine. Boulder Crest provides that kind of care to veterans with PTSD.
Glenn Parkinson, MSW talks about how alcohol and drug use after a TBI can significantly impact a person's sexual function, his or her feelings about sex and intimacy, and the ability to connect and build a relationship.
Cognitive and mental issues arising from combat exposure can also contribute to drug abuse. With so many contributing factors, the rate of substance abuse is high in returning service members who have had a concussion.