In the aftermath of combat, a growing problem among IDF soldiers is alcohol and drug addiction. This issue is not limited to active duty personnel but also affects reservists. The behavior of children in families called up for reservist service has also deteriorated. These findings were presented in a report by the Association of Social Workers, which was published on Monday, February 12 by Davar1.
According to the report, social workers reported that 58% of wounded military personnel had worsening alcohol and drug use, while 64% reported difficulties with parenting. In addition, 59% of social workers reported worsening behavior among children in families called up for reservist service. Among those who were injured during service or their loved ones (family members and friends), 19.11% reported abuse of alcohol and drugs, as well as addictive medications. However, 58.5% of them reported a worsening situation with alcohol and drugs after “Black Saturday” on October 7.
The psychological and psychiatric problems faced by victims’ families were also highlighted in the report. Sixty-six percent reported worsening psychological problems, while 68.52% reported mental health issues related to their experiences in combat zones. The educational situation was another area where many social workers noticed deterioration among families of injured military personnel – 21.76% reported that their clients had difficulty achieving their educational goals due to injuries sustained during service or other factors related to their injury or disability status.
Economic difficulties were also mentioned as a significant issue faced by many families of injured military personnel – 39.41% of social workers noted that their clients experienced financial hardship due to unemployment or reduced income resulting from injuries sustained during service or other factors related to their injury or disability status.
Overall, this report highlights the complex challenges faced by IDF soldiers who are wounded in combat and their families, including financial difficulties, psychological issues, educational challenges, and employment barriers.