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Boise woman recovers after VA's 'holistic' approach to addiction and mental health

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Boise woman recovers after VA's 'holistic' approach to addiction and mental health

Boise woman recovers after VA's 'holistic' approach to addiction and mental health

The Boise VA is continuing to investigate and evaluate suicide prevention programming.

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Boise woman recovers after VA's 'holistic' approach to addiction and mental health

I LOST MY HOUSE, ILOST EVERYTHINGTHAT I HELD DEAR.EVERYTHING."ALLICIA SUFFEREDDEVASTATINGCONSEQUENCESAFTER INJURING HERSHOULDER WHILESERVING IN THE U-SARMY IN 19-98."I HAD SEVERALSURGERIES ON IT, IGOT HOOKED ONPAIN PILLS, ANDTHEN EVENTUALLY,MOVED ON TOHEROIN, SO."SHE SAYS ONE DAYSHE WANDEREDAROUND IN THEHALLS OF THE BOISEV-A UNTIL SHE FOUNDSOMEONE."I RAN INTO ACOUPLE OF THESOCIAL WORKERSTHERE AND I SAID, INEED HELP.

IF YOUTURN ME AWAYTODAY, I MIGHT DIE,AND I DON'T WANT TODIE."SHE SAYS A LOT OFHER DRUG USE CAMEFROM TRYING TOMASK MENTAL SCARSFROM SEXUALTRAUMA... P-T-S-D...AND DOMESTICVIOLENCE"I THREW MYSELFINTO MY RECOVERY."SHE DESCRIBES THEV-A'S TREATMENTAPPROACH ASHOLISTIC-- SHE SAYSIT HELPED BOTH WITHHER ADDICTION...AND MENTALHEALTH."I HAD APSYCHIATRIST, ATHERAPIST, ANAWESOME SOCIALWORKER WHOHELPED ME GROW.AND WITHOUT THOSEPEOPLE I WOULDNOT BE ALIVETODAY."NOT ONLY IS SHEALIVE TODAY... IN AJOB AND A HOMEWITH HER FAMILYBACK... SHE'S THIS:"EXCELLENT.EXCELLENT.

I'VENEVER BEENHAPPIER."SHE SAYS SHEDOESN'T TAKE FORGRANTED THAT SHELIVED NEAR A V-ACENTER.

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