By Staff Writer
Army veterans and Native American are significantly more likely to become addicted to drugs or alcohol than the general population, studies show. However, the federal government is working to ensure that these individuals have access to substance abuse treatment that could help them end their addictions.
For example, the Behavioral Health Services Department in New Mexico was recently awarded a $13 million grant to help fund a program that provides veterans and Native Americans with vouchers that can be used to pay for substance abuse treatment, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
Department officials told the news source that the problem of addiction is rampant throughout the state, but that treatment significantly increases an individual’s chances of quitting. The funding will help more needy addicts access this therapy.
More than 7 percent of all veterans meet the clinical criteria for substance abuse disorder, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. This number is significantly higher than in the general population. The addictions are more likely to occur in individuals who also suffer from mental disorders.