Ending Addiction for Good

We Owe Our Veterans a Look at PTSD, Addiction and Suicide

This summer as we are remembering our veterans’ contributions, we are forced to confront our own failures. It’s time to recommit to the health of our veterans who willingly sacrifice so much. It is our responsibility to work toward understanding the difficult experiences that dot our veterans’ paths to recovery. Read More


I've noticed the people hardest hit by PTSD are the ones who grow up in small US towns which have a huge belief system in the righteousness of the US government and all things the US government chooses to do. Then those folks get shipped off to a place that is extremely different from the US and they find out the US may not be loved and it may not be right. Hello PTSD, hello drug problem, hello homelessness and hello panhandling.

More active duty soldiers die

More active duty soldiers die from suicide than from wounds sustained during combat.
That is just shameful. What else can a person say.

I agree to a lesser extent with Anonymous above. People are waking up to the idea that America doesn't love them as much as they love it. We don't trust corporated America or our politicians. We do not have enough money to support ourselves.

If the average American were a child in a gang neighborhood, you can bet the gangs would try and recruit us. Why not, no one else is looking out for us, maybe the gang will.

We need to belong to something. We need a banner to rally under.

And we do not have it.

I expect drug addiction, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and all the other mental afflictions to get much worse until we have something that we believe in. Until we have a goal to move towards. We need a purpose for our suffering.

This is no longer the affliction of the minority groups, this sense of betrayal and loss is now the status qou for most of America's population.

This must be like what the peasants or peons felt like in the feudal system.

Of course people are going to abuse drugs. Of course their minds are going to develop some maladaptive coping mechanisms.

Thank you so much

it is so important to address these issues, especially addiction, as quickly as possible in vets returning from war. It is sad that they are often left to fend for themselves. http://www.trenchlines.org/drugs-alcohol-substance-abuse-and-knowing-whe...

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Richard Taite is CEO and founder of the Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center in Malibu, California and co-author of the book Ending Addiction for Good.


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