Stressors Faced by Military Family Members
Military families constantly battle uncertainty. Cross-country moves uproot the family and cause a great deal of stress. These feelings are worsened by a loved one’s deployment, which comes with months of separation, sporadic communication, and even trauma.
During this time, the other spouse assumes sole responsibility for childcare, which is more complex for military families. Frequent moves mean that the spouse staying behind must help their children make new friends, adjust to new schools, and deal with a parent’s absence.
In many cases, this chronic stress manifests in substance use disorder or mental illness.
Substance Use Disorder and Mental Illness
According to one study of 250,000 Army wives, 31% of spouses of deployed soldiers had at least one mental disorder—usually depression or anxiety. This number doubled if the spouse had been deployed for over 11 months. Deployment was also associated with higher rates of alcohol and drug use among soldiers’ spouses. This harmful attempt at coping led to diagnosable cases of substance use disorder. When a person is dealing with both addiction and a co-occurring mental illness, they are said to have a dual diagnosis.
Help for Military Family Members
Fortunately, dual diagnosis treatment is available for military family members. Cumberland Heights addresses substance use and mental illness simultaneously. Our proven therapies offer the support, structure, and medical intervention necessary for recovery. Services include:
- Treatment for anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and OCD
- Addiction treatment for dependence on alcohol, prescription drugs (opioids, sedatives, and benzodiazepines), or illicit substances (marijuana, cocaine, meth)
- Individualized treatment planning
- Substance use disorder assessments
- One-on-one and group therapy
- 12-Step programming
- Liaising with the Montgomery County Recovery Court
- Trauma-informed care
- Family programming
Through our outpatient rehab program, military dependents can break the cycle of addiction and find peace. To learn more about our programs for military families, contact our admissions office.