In or out of uniform, many service members return home to communities where they continue to lead and contribute. For some military personnel, returning home can be challenging. And the impact of deployment and trauma-related stress not only affects military members and veterans but also their families and others who may provide support.
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SAMHSA is a proud partner of the National Guard’s Guard Your Health readiness campaign. This month we are pleased to highlight services and support for prevention of substance misuse.
The stress of combat, deployment, frequent moves, or separation from family and friends puts service members at a higher risk for heavy drinking, tobacco use, and prescription drug abuse. Mental health concerns like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury can also increase risk of substance abuse. Even for service members who are not coping with a behavioral health concern, reintegration after a deployment, mobilization, and even drill weekend can be difficult.