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Alcohol and Drug Addiction Among IDF Soldiers: A Growing Problem for Wounded Military Personnel and their Families


Feb 13, 2024
IDF Soldiers Turning to Alcohol and Drugs to Cope with Injuries: Report

A new report by the Association of Social Workers has shed light on the growing problem of alcohol and drug addiction among IDF soldiers who have been wounded in combat. The behavior of children whose fathers were called up for reservist service is deteriorating, as well as the financial problems and psychological problems that plague their families.

According to the report, 58% of social workers reported a worsening situation with alcohol and drug use among wounded military personnel (both active duty and reservists), 64% reported difficulties with parenting, and 59% reported worsening behavior among children in the families of those called up for reservist service.

Among the military personnel themselves and their family members, 19.11% reported abuse of alcohol and drugs, as well as addictive medications in survivors of military injuries and their loved ones (family members and friends). The report notes that 68.52% of those surveyed reported psychological and psychiatric problems in the families of victims, with 66.56% reporting worsening psychological problems.

Additionally, social workers reported a deterioration in the educational situation among families of injured military personnel, with 21.76% noting that this was due to difficulties experienced by their clients during their service time. Furthermore, 34.11% reported that their clients experience difficulties in realizing their social rights after being injured during service, while 39.41% reported economic difficulties and 33.82% noted employment problems after returning home from deployment.

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