Stress And Substance Abuse

The mental health and substance abuse problems affecting returning troops and active law officers are getting attention in North Carolina.

Former U.S. drug czar and retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey is headlining a forum in Wilmington on Wednesday about how to combat these illnesses. U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre is also taking part.

The Star-News of Wilmington reported that the issue is how to treat active-duty and returning service members with mental health issues that may be accompanied by alcohol and drug abuse.

Law enforcement officers sometimes go through the same symptoms after years of stress and danger on the job.

The event is part of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

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  • by SA Counselor Location: ENC on Sep 1, 2010 at 09:02 AM
    You guys should consult with professionals before doing these types of stories. The use of mood altering substances has increased throughout the whole population over the past few years. It continues to be an issue for our communities.
  • by Justin Location: ENC on Sep 1, 2010 at 08:13 AM
    William is absolutely right, its not just service men and women who has stress during these tough times. How about we stop calling these issues diseases and just say that people have made bad choices and need help overcoming them. Where is our addiction bailout! Stop taking the easy way out!
  • by William on Sep 1, 2010 at 06:54 AM
    It's not just the soliders having problems during war times but, citizens due the the financial meltdown with job loss and mounting debt due to job loss. The only way some peolpe feel any sense of relief is with a bottle or pill. I think with the U.S. wanting to fight in every cause and it will be years before the economy will see a glimer of hope, these situations might just increase in the coming years.

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