BOISE, Idaho – It is important to remember on this veteran's day that many veterans returning home after work are physical and mental wounds from treatment. For some, this eventually leads to drug addiction.
In Boise VA, staff offers a
to address the addiction while treating the veteran as a whole.
"I was an IV heroin user and was deeply involved in my addiction," said Army veteran Allicia Arredondo.
Like many heroin addicts, Arredondo's addiction began with a legitimate medical prescription to treat an injury she suffered during her military service. She is now recovering after undergoing treatment at Boise VA.
"I no longer wanted to be the person I became," said Arredondo.
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According to Arredondo, the hardest thing was to walk through the doors and ask for help, but she quickly learned that VA staff would create treatment plans for each veteran based on their needs.
"We offer treatment for drug abuse, from detoxification to outpatient treatment" You focus on your homelessness; they focus on spirituality; they focus on mindfulness, "said Arredondo." You have a case manager to treat you with; They are set up in psychiatry; they go with you about medical management. They appeal to all veterans. "MAT or drug treatment is being performed." Primarily with the use of buprenorphine – or suboxone – as is well known, "said Boise, VA psychiatrist Jacob Harris." We have several psychology providers and several primary care providers that prescribe this drug. "
Harris says it is a great option for treating opioid addiction and preventing vets from turning to heroin or taking medication the streets.
For those undergoing inpatient treatment, the focus is often much broader than addiction, and they also take care of PTSD, other mental health problems, and housing shortages.
"It gives them A place where you can spend between 28 and 30 days – longer or shorter as needed, "said Hogan." We are able to address not just your problems to solve with medication and substance use, but also things like housing and employment. It's really a place where veterans can reset their lives. "Emphasis on community connections. They prioritize recreational activities as part of their addiction treatment and hold regular group meetings where veterans who are already recovering can look after veterans who are have just started the process.