War on Drug is now in Iraq too

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Iraq group of soldiers

American Soldiers in Iraq

Veterans Day 2010-11-11

The war on Drugs is now in Iraq too.

Society continues to declare war even though we have known for so long that everybody looses in war.  Wounded U.S. soldiers are being patched up and returned to battle before they are healed. The wounds in this case are to the psyche, caused by the trauma and horror that are as integral to war as guns and death.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, when “suck it up” fails to snap a soldier out of depression or panic, the Army turns to drugs. “Soldiers I talked to were receiving bags of antidepressants and sleeping meds in Iraq, but not the trauma care they needed.

In many cases, their problem is labeled stress. “Army docs have told me that commanders pressured them not to diagnose PTSD because it would cut into combat power—the ability to project men and women into war.“  The docs admit that the decision [to misdiagnose] is unethical, but are unwilling to take the huge career risk of becoming a whistle blower.”

Other soldiers self-medicate. “We were so junked out on Valium, we had no emotions anymore.  We have American soldiers in Iraq who have become addicted to Valium.

They were prepared for war. They were prepared to die for their country. But soldiers say they weren’t prepared to come home and fight a different battle — addiction to illegal drugs. 

Many of this country’s bravest men and women who volunteered to defend America in a time of war have come home wounded — physically and mentally — and are turning to illicit drugs as they adjust to normal life, according to soldiers, health experts and advocates. Having regularly ferried the bodies of American soldiers killed in combat — with

Tears of a US soldier

The stress is not to be contained

  The nightmares were too bad, he said.

“(Soldiers are) coming back, drinking, fighting, putting thousand dollar tabs down at a bar and drinking four to five hours, getting to the point where you don’t give a crap about anything anymore (or) anybody, don’t care if you live or die…the point where you do drugs.”  

Army doctors prescribed anti-depressants and painkillers for him — two-type written pages worth since he’s been back — but he didn’t like how the drugs made him feel.  So he said he turned to self-medication with methamphetamines.

“The nightmares were killing me from being over there. The pain was so bad I didn’t want to deal with it. Well, amphetamines is a real quick way to get rid of it,” the soldier said. “I was snorting it, and I was smoking it, and then I was hot railing it, and then I got to the point where I was actually injecting it in my arms,” said this young vet, who eventually checked himself into rehab and is now clean. 

If you are dealing with a vet who is having problems coping and turning to drugs and alcohol to treat his post traumatic stress maybe we can help. 

Wits End Interventions are available to talk with the families of vets.  Educate and organize them to be able to formulate a plan for the vet to receive the rehab they need to put them back together. Then our highly skilled interventionist will lead the family in a love and respect intervention presentation that gets the vet ready and willing, and then transports and admits them into a drug treatment center with the VA or private.

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US solders in Iraq


I hate my psych meds

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Wits Inn Recovery is now refering clients to Dr Suzie Schuder a board cetified Psychiatrist who is questioning the use of phycotropic medication in some cases. Her holistic aproach is to us cortisol. Wits Inn Recovery is now referring our addiction and mental health client’s to Dr Schuder. Her Holistic treatment of the adrenal gland with cortisol replacement may take the place of psychotropic medication in many cases. Cortisol is know to improve stabilization in the treatment of addiction, alcoholism, stress and depression, weight loss, and helps to slow aging. You can see Dr Schuder MD with the help of “Wits Inn Recovery” a treatment referral source. Love and respect Intervention is one of our specialties.
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ABSTRACT: In patients of all ages, many disorders labeled as psychiatric may actually be due to hormonal insufficiencies. For example, cortisol deficiency is rarely
taken into account in a medical or psychiatric work-up, so persons with mild to moderate cortisol insufficiency are for the most part relegated to receiving a psychiatric diagnosis when, in fact, the same disorder is represented. However, the symptoms of cortisol insufficiency appear to closely parallel such psychiatric disorders as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addictions. There has been some question of whether substance abuse causes a hypocortisolemic state.

In reviewing the literature and obtaining detailed histories of addicted patients,it appears that childhood trauma, also known as “early life stress” (ELS), instead
may elicit a hypocortisolemic state. This leads some to self-medicate with an addictive substance to quell the pain of a cortisol insufficiency, both physical and
emotional. In fact, the literature supports the concept that addictive substances increase cortisol in predisposed patients. Patients with a variety of psychiatric
disorders including addictions were found to have signs and symptoms of mild or moderate hypocortisolemia. Generally, an appropriate comprehensive examination
supported a diagnosis of cortisol insuffiency. For the most part, these patients were succesfully treated with physiologic doses of bio-equivalent
hydrocortisone, along with replacement of any other deficient hormone. By correcting underlying hormonal insufficiencies, many patients improved, with some
patients having a total reversal of psychiatric symptoms. It is therefore reasonable to evaluate and treat hormonal insufficiencies with hormones prior to using psychotropic medication.
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