Warriors tend to use alcohol or other substances to cope with their emotional and physical pain, and at times it can become a habit. ~ Dr. Wilson, Warriors Heart Medical and Clinical Director
BANDERA, Texas (PRWEB)
December 06, 2017
Warriors Heart’s Clinical Team announces the number 1 addiction challenge faced by their private residential treatment program clients for “warriors” is alcohol abuse. With 84% of Warriors Heart clients (military, veterans, law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders) having alcohol as their primary issue, and opioids as a strong second, the clinical team specializes in healing warriors who use chemical dependencies as a coping mechanism.
During the holidays when the emphasis is on parties and family, it’s even more important to provide emotional support for protectors, who may be having a challenging time.
“Warriors tend to use alcohol or other substances to cope with their emotional and physical pain, and at times it can become a habit. This can result in physical and chemical changes in the brain that make it very difficult to stop. These physical and chemical changes as well as the psychological dependence on the substance are the primary components of the addiction,” Dr. Wilson, Warriors Heart Medical and Clinical Director
Based on 21 years of service in the US Army, Former Special Forces and Warriors Heart Co-Founder Tom Spooner explains, “Many warriors use alcohol to numb their pain when they come home. Because warriors are the ones who run into the fire, they often don’t know how to deal with the trauma, and instead suffer quietly through self-medication and drinking.”
When veterans come home, peer support is often missing and life can turn into an “Invisible War At Home.” Warriors Heart Alumni and Retired Army Staff Sgt. Christian Bagge lost both legs in Iraq in 2005, was awarded the Purple Heart, and later ran with Former President George W Bush at The White House. When reality later set in, Christian confessed; “I started drinking to make myself feel better. I was drinking all day and into the evening, and fell into isolation. I didn’t want to be around anyone, and just wanted to self-medicate.”