Navy launches addiction treatment program to help sailors with recovery

By Staff Writer

Veterans often have higher rates of substance abuse than the general population. They often develop addictions to prescription medication after being wounded. However, servicemen and women who struggle with addiction may have a new treatment option.

Navy officials recently announced a new $3.25 million program designed to help addicted sailors seek substance abuse treatment, according to the Associated Press. The program will use internet technology to provide recovering addicts with support at any time of day, regardless of where they are in the world.

Substance abuse appears to be a significant problem in the armed forces. Officials told the news source that there are more than 10,000 sailors who seek addiction treatment through the Navy’s rehabilitation program each year. They hope that this program will provide them with ongoing support once they have finished their treatment program.

More than 55,000 veterans sought substance abuse treatment between 1995 and 2000, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. While the use of illegal drugs is declining in the military, servicemen and women are more likely than civilians to drink heavily.