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There are so many reasons why we need to be grateful to the Veterans. They have sacrificed so much during their service. The sad thing is, when they return home, they are never complete anymore. After their service, they are left with physical and mental injuries in need of treatment. For some, that eventually leads to drug addiction.

At the Boise VA, the staff offers a multi-faceted approach to address addiction while treating the veteran as a whole. “I was an IV heroin user and was really deep into my addiction,” Army Veteran Allicia Arredondo said. Like many heroin addicts, Arredondo’s addiction started with a legitimate doctor’s prescription to treat an injury she suffered while serving in the military. Now, she’s in recovery after undergoing treatment at the Boise VA.

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Like many addicts we’ve talked to in our Finding Hope series , Arredondo says the hardest part was walking through the doors to ask for help, but she quickly learned VA staff caters their treatment plans for each veteran depending on their needs.

“We provide substance abuse treatment from detox to outpatient, to residential,” residential treatment program manager Tom Hogan said.

“They focus on your homelessness; they focus on spirituality; they focus on mindfulness,” Arredondo said. “You have a case manager who you get therapy with; you’re set up with psychiatry; they go over med management with you. They address the whole veteran.”

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