Help for British war heroes to beat alcoholismJanuary 9th, 2012 - 11:10 am ICT by IANS
London, Jan 9 (IANS) Army veterans struggling to get rid of their drinking habit are being given an opportunity to avail free treatment at one of Britain’s most prestigious rehabilitation centres.The scheme, worth 300,000 pounds (over $460,000) in its first phase, will offer the ex-soldiers combat experience and who are at risk from post-traumatic stress disorder, an intensive five-week residential treatment course, the Daily Express reported.
As per the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, 67 percent of male soldiers, airmen and sailors drink to “hazardous” levels, and those returning from deployment abroad are 22 percent more likely to have drink problems than those who stayed in Britain.
In addition, those veterans who are homeless are often denied access to shelters if they have alcohol issues.
The Life Works Community centre in Surrey is known for its treatment of celebrities and the wealthy in a range of addictions from alcoholism and drugs to gambling, eating disorders and sex.
Residential courses of treatment usually cost in the region of 20,000 pounds for a five-week intensive stay.
Veterans with alcohol problems often fall into a “care gap”, with many post-traumatic stress disorder charities not having the facilities to deal with drink-related issues so they are unable to tackle underlying factors.
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