A new report by the Association of Social Workers has shed light on the growing problem of alcohol and drug addiction among IDF soldiers who have been wounded in combat. The study found that 58% of social workers reported a worsening situation with alcohol and drug use among wounded military personnel, both active duty and reservists.
In addition to financial and psychological problems, the behavior of children whose parents were called up for reservist service has also deteriorated. According to the report, 64% of social workers reported difficulties with parenting in these families.
Among the military personnel themselves and their loved ones, 19.11% reported abuse of alcohol and drugs, as well as addictive medications in survivors of military injuries and their loved ones. The study found that 68.52% reported psychological and psychiatric problems in the families of victims, with 66.56% reporting worsening psychological problems.
The report also highlighted other challenges faced by families of injured military personnel. 21.76% of social workers reported a deterioration in the educational situation in these families, with 57.9% reporting that this occurred after the start of the war. Additionally, 34.11% 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.
Overall, this report paints a concerning picture for families affected by military injuries and highlights the need for increased support services to address these issues effectively