IDF Soldiers Turning to Alcohol and Drugs to Cope with Injuries: Report

A report by the Association of Social Workers reveals a growing problem among IDF soldiers wounded in combat: alcohol and drug addiction, as well as financial and psychological issues, are common in the families of injured soldiers. The behavior of children of reservist soldiers is also deteriorating. According to the report, 58% of social workers reported worsening alcohol and drug use among wounded military personnel, 64% reported difficulties with parenting, and 59% reported worsening behavior among children in the families of those called up for reservist service.

Among 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. Additionally, 68.52% reported psychological and psychiatric problems in the families of victims, while 66.56% reported worsening psychological problems.

The educational situation in the families of injured military personnel has deteriorated for 21.76% of social workers, with many reporting that it was caused by the start of the war (57.9%). Furthermore, 34.11% reported that their clients who were injured during service experience difficulties in realizing their social rights, while 39.41% reported economic difficulties and 33.82% reported problems with employment.

This report highlights a concerning issue that needs to be addressed urgently by both government officials and society at large: providing adequate support to wounded soldiers and their families to prevent further harm to both individuals and society as a whole.

By Editor

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