THE EFFECTS OF DRUG AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

1 in 4 Veterans will die from opioid overdose, this is double the rate for civilians. So often our Veterans resort to alcohol and other drugs as a coping mechanism for diseases such as PTSD, which turns into addiction. During a Veterans time in service, their bodies are beaten and battered mentally and physically; as a result most of their bodies are in a constant state of pain. This reality leads many Veterans down the road to self-medicate, abusing drugs and other substances to make the suffering end. We at Teddy Bear Foundation strive to encourage healthy coping mechanisms as a way to flatten the curve.