The Association of Social Workers, in a recent report, has indicated an alarming increase in the rate of alcohol and drug addiction among the soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) who have been injured in combat. The report, excerpts of which were published on Monday, February 12, by Davar1, also highlighted other disturbing trends. These include prevalent financial issues and severe psychological illnesses in families of these wounded soldiers. Furthermore, it has been observed that there is a decline in the behavior of children of soldiers who are called upon for reservist service.
As per the study, 58% of the social workers noted an escalation in alcohol and drug addiction among both active duty and reservist wounded military personnel. Additionally, 64% reported challenges related to parenting, while 59% reported a decline in the behavior of children in families of soldiers called upon for reservist service.
The report also provided insight into the situation of the military personnel and their families. It revealed that 19.11% reported abuse of alcohol, drugs, and addictive medications among survivors of military injuries and their loved ones including family members and friends. Furthermore, 58.5% of them reported a worsening situation with alcohol and drugs after “Black Saturday” on October 7. A significant 68.52% reported psychological and psychiatric issues in the families of victims, with 66.56% reporting an increase in psychological problems.
From an educational standpoint, 21.76% of social workers reported a decline in the educational situation in the families of injured military personnel. Moreover, 57.9% reported a deterioration that started after the war commenced. In terms of social rights and economic challenges, 34.11% of social workers reported that their clients who were injured during service faced obstacles in realizing their social rights. Meanwhile, 39.41% reported economic difficulties, and 33.82% reported issues related to employment.