PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCE USE IN THE MILITARY
Psychoactive substances alter mood, consciousness and perception. Military activities are most times so stressful that only very few cope without drugs, yet among those that do not on their own resort to drugs, genuine need may arise which calls for medical prescriptions that become eventually abused. Side effects of these substances culminate in reduced efficiency, and indeed may create military/veteran population that may endanger themselves and society. Military psychologists involved in treating service men and veterans with substance use problems may do better if they encourage significant others to offer support to clients.