Myths and misinformation about substance use problems and mental health issues fuel stigmas. Stigma reduction starts with the truth. Here are some myths and realities about veterans and substance use problems.
MYTH: Veterans with these problems have a weakness, character flaw, or simply make bad choices.
FACT: Recovering from a substance use disorder and/or mental health problem requires ongoing professional treatment and is not simply a matter of willpower or strength.
MYTH: It's rare for a veteran to have substance use problems
MYTH: They'll never get better
FACT: Substance use problems are curable. Veterans who seek effective treatment can get better and lead productive lives.
MYTH: Asking for help will ruin a veterans reputation
FACT: Ignoring the problem results in worse outcomes eventually. Studies show that the majority of veterans who seek treatment experienced no negative career repercussions.