A 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 behavior of children in families called up for reservist service is deteriorating, with 58% of social workers reporting worsening alcohol and drug use, difficulties with parenting, and worsening behavior among children in these families.
Among 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. This number increased by 58.5% after “Black Saturday” on October 7th. Additionally, 68.52% of those surveyed reported psychological and psychiatric problems in the families of victims, with 66.56% reporting worsening psychological problems.
Educational difficulties were also reported by 21.76% of social workers, with a deterioration arising after the start of the war. Furthermore, 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. These findings highlight the need for increased support services to help address these issues and provide hope for those affected by this growing problem.