There is a growing concern among social workers regarding the impact of alcohol and drug addiction on IDF soldiers who have been wounded in combat. The behavior of children of soldiers called up for reservist service has also deteriorated, as stated in a recent report by the Association of Social Workers.
The report found that 58% of social workers reported an increase in alcohol and drug use among wounded military personnel (both active duty and reservists), 64% reported difficulties with parenting, and 59% reported worsening behavior in the families of those who were called up for reservist service.
Among the military personnel themselves and their family members, 19.11% reported abuse of alcohol and drugs, as well as addictive medications in survivors of military injuries and their loved ones (family members and friends), 58.5% of them reported a worsening situation with alcohol and drugs after “Black Saturday” on October 7. Additionally, 68.52% reported psychological and psychiatric problems in the families of victims, while 66.56% reported worsening psychological problems.
The report also revealed that 21.76% of social workers noticed a deterioration in the educational situation in the families of injured military personnel, with many reporting that this occurred after the start of the war. Furthermore, 34.11% noted 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 highlights the significant challenges faced by IDF soldiers who have been wounded in combat and their families, including financial problems, serious psychological issues, substance abuse, educational struggles, social rights violations