Nearly 1 Out of Every 3 Veterans Seeking Treatment for SUD also has PTSD

Every third seat in a movie theater.

Every third home in a neighborhood.

Every third passenger on a city bus.

Imagine this pattern, and you begin to grasp the magnitude of a troubling reality: Nearly one out of every three veterans seeking treatment for Substance Use Disorders (SUD) is also grappling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

This statistic underscores a profound and pervasive issue within our veteran community, revealing the haunting interplay between the trauma of service and the struggle with substance use. It’s not just a statistic – it’s a stark call to action for improved mental health support, specialized treatment approaches, and deep-seated societal understanding. Our veterans stepped forward to protect us; it’s time we step up to provide the comprehensive care they need and deserve.

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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