There is a growing problem of alcohol and drug addiction among IDF soldiers who have been wounded in combat. According to a report by the Association of Social Workers, financial problems and serious psychological issues are extremely common among the families of injured soldiers. In addition, the behavior of children whose parents have been called up for reservist service has deteriorated.
The report states that 58% of social workers reported worsening 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). Additionally, 58.5% of them reported a worsening situation with alcohol and drugs after “Black Saturday” on October 7.
Psychological and psychiatric problems were also reported in the families of victims, with 68.52% reporting worsening psychological problems. Furthermore, 21.76% of social workers reported a deterioration in the educational situation in the families of injured military personnel, which arose after the start of the war.
In addition to these issues, many social workers also reported that their clients who were injured during service experience difficulties in realizing their social rights (34.11%), economic difficulties (39.41%)