Are you a Veteran Addict? If so, this page is for you.
Are you a Veteran struggling with addiction? I know that many Veterans are returning from recent tours of duty and are addicted to drugs, either prescription opiates or street drugs. If you are one of these, please know that there is help available.
Let us look at the reasons for your drug use.
So next, let us take a closer look at emotional pain.
What about other ways to cope?
On this website, you will find several different ways that may help you to strengthen your coping skills.
One way is to try EFT. If you are not familiar with EFT, there is a short video about EFT and PTSD on my resource page. EFT, can work well for Veteran addicts, but please be aware that the video may cause flashbacks for you, so it is best to watch with someone else present if you feel you may be affected.
Another way to learn new coping skills is to be able to participate in a specific program like Rivers of Recovery, which is a pro-active intervention held in Utah. Founded in 2008 especially for Veterans, it has a great track record of helping Vets to overcome the effects of PTSD. You will find the link to their website on the Veterans resource page.
There are other ways to help lift this burden of emotions. Sharing with a group may help, and there are many different types of therapy available. Not all are available through the VA medical system, but some are inexpensive or free. For example, you can learn EFT by yourself if necessary.
Rapid Eye Technology is another little-known treatment which can be very helpful. Again details are on the
Veterans resource page.
Virtual Reality (RV) is being tested at the DoD facility in Washington State. This hold great promise for dealing with trauma.
Also look into biofeedback/neurofeedback or acupuncture. Please try some of these alternative therapies to boost your coping skills, so that then you are more able to get away from the self-medicating of street drugs.
Now let us turn our attention to physical pain?
There are a number of things you can try for pain relief other than medication, but you will have to experiment and see what works best for you. Usually it is a combination of medication and other therapies. Yes, it will take some work! No, you may never be completely pain free, but there are better ways than drugs whether they are street drugs or prescription drugs to help deal with pain.
Many of the things mentioned above will help. Have you tried a TENS machine, for example? (these are available through the VA)
Exercise can be very beneficial for pain control too. You may also find helpful information on my page for addiction to prescription medication.
Harm ReductionWhile you are working on your coping skills, and preparing to get yourself off some of these drugs, please do some harm-reduction while using. Some drugs are more harmful than others. Some ways to use are more damaging than others. Try and remember these pointers.
Finally, do not take this section on harm-reduction as approval of drug use.
While we understand the
reasons, it is still not a good choice.
Please use all the resources on this website to learn how to get off drugs. If you need someone to talk to regarding your use, or ways to get off drugs, please use my contact form. I am happy to talk with you and as always, there is no charge for Veterans or Service personnel.
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This page updated 2013