Many people who serve in the armed forces can endure emotional turmoil, which can lead to a number of psychiatric illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury. To cope with these conditions, some veterans turn to drugs. Now, one community is extending a helping hand to former military officials struggling with addiction.
Porter County, Indiana is the latest region to institute a drug court to keep addicts out of jail and help with the recovery process, according to the Chesterton Tribune. However, Superior Court judge Julia Jent wants to specifically focus on helping veterans who have run into trouble with the law. She plans to seek the assistance of the Army National Guard and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to dig deeper into the cases of individuals who request the help of the drug court.
“It’s a great partnership,” Indiana Problem Solving Court Administrator Mary Kay Hudson told the news source. “The VA has been doing a great job with outreach to criminal justice agencies.”
More than 7 million Americans suffer from PTSD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Drug rehab programs can help individuals who have become addicted to illicit substances in an attempt to cope with the condition.