Opiate Addiction Among Military Veterans

Military personnel subject themselves to torturous conditions both mentally and physically. Serious injuries and chronic pain are common among military veterans. While alternative therapies for pain have come a long way over the years, prescription painkillers are still heavily relied upon by VA doctors to relieve chronic pain in veterans. Military veterans are at an increased risk for developing substance abuse disorders as they struggle to re-enter society after completing their active military service while also grappling with PTSD stemming from their experiences in the line of duty. If you are a veteran struggling with chronic pain, you should strongly reconsider alternative treatment options for your ailments other than opioid painkillers.

You should speak to your primary care physician as soon as possible about any mental health issues you have been struggling with, and ask for a referral to a reputable psychiatrist to help you work through these problems. It is important to address your mental and emotional well-being in order to lessen your risk of developing an addiction as a means to self-medicate. You may have developed a negative view of psychiatry during your military service, viewing those who seek assistance with their mental health as weak and inferior. This could not be further from the truth, admitting you are struggling and seeking help is an act of courage not weakness. You owe it to yourself and your family to strive to live your best life, and that means dealing with any mental health issues you have developed.

Now that you are addressing your mental and emotional health, you should also speak with your doctor about weaning off any opiates you’ve been prescribed and replacing them with alternative therapies for pain relief. There are several non-narcotic medications with proven efficacy for treatment of chronic pain, as well as physical therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture to further relieve any pain you are experiencing. These treatments go beyond masking symptoms and seek to heal the damage done to your body, treating the pain at the source. This is a much healthier option for you and your chronic pain.

Serving in the armed forces is one of the greatest sacrifices a citizen can make. You are agreeing to subject your mind and body to innumerable torments, living thousands of miles away from your loved ones for months, sometimes years on end. As you have successfully fulfilled your obligation to the military and return home to society, you may be struggling with mental and physical injuries. It is tempting to rely on opioids as a means to relieve your chronic pain, but this is not a viable long-term solution and will only lead to physical dependence. If you have developed an addiction to your opiate pain medication, call our Admissions Counselors at 833-818-3031 and let us help you treat your addiction, the underlying causes, and formulate an alternative treatment plan for your chronic pain.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visitwww.evolutionstreatment.com