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The Unseen Scars of War: The Increasing Alcohol and Drug Addiction Issue among Families of Wounded Soldiers

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

As the war continues to rage on, the families of wounded soldiers are facing a growing problem of alcohol and drug addiction. According to a report by the Association of Social Workers, published on Monday, February 12 by Davar1, 58% of social workers reported worsening alcohol and drug use among wounded military personnel (both active duty and reservists), 64% reported difficulties with parenting, and 59% reported worsening behavior in children in the families of those who were 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 (family members and friends), 58.5% of them reported a worsening situation with alcohol and drugs after “Black Saturday” on October 7. Furthermore, 68.52% reported psychological and psychiatric problems in the families of victims, with 66.56% reporting worsening psychological problems.

The educational situation is also deteriorating in the families of injured soldiers, according to social workers. A total of 21.76% reported a deterioration that arose after the start of the war, while only 34.11% said that their clients who were injured during service experience difficulties in realizing their social rights. Economic difficulties were also reported by many social workers: 39.41%, followed by employment-related issues at 33.82%. It’s clear that this war has taken a heavy toll on both soldiers and their families – one that is still being felt today.

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