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Unseen Struggles: The Crisis of Alcohol and Drug Addiction, Financial Hardship, and Psychological Distress among Families of IDF Soldiers Wounded in Combat


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 wounded in combat, as well as the financial and psychological struggles faced by their families.

According to the report, social workers have seen a worsening situation with alcohol and drug use among wounded military personnel (both active duty and reservists), with 64% reporting difficulties in this area. Additionally, 59% of social workers 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. This includes 58.5% who 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.

In addition to these issues, the report found that 21.76% of social workers reported a deterioration in the educational situation in the families of injured military personnel, with 57.9% reporting that this deterioration occurred after the start of the war. Moreover, 34.11% of social workers 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.

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