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

Rising Alcohol and Drug Addiction among IDF Soldiers: Social Workers Warn of Worsening Situation for Military Personnel and their Families

The Association of Social Workers has released a report highlighting the growing problem of alcohol and drug addiction among IDF soldiers wounded in combat. The behavior of children of soldiers called up for reservist service is also deteriorating, according to the results of the study.

The report found that 58% of social workers reported worsening alcohol and drug use among wounded military personnel, both active duty and reservists. Additionally, 64% reported difficulties with parenting, and 59% reported worsening behavior in children from families of those who were 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 survey also revealed that 58.5% of them reported a worsening situation with alcohol and drugs after “Black Saturday” on October 7. Moreover, 68.52% reported psychological and psychiatric problems in the families of victims, with 66.56% reporting worsening psychological problems.

The report also highlighted other issues faced by families of injured military personnel, including deterioration in the educational situation (21.76%) that arose after the start of the war, as well as economic difficulties (39.41%) and problems with employment (33.82%) experienced by clients who were injured during service but have difficulty realizing their social rights.

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