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VA and Rehab

answered 07:59 AM EST, Mon October 28, 2013
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My husband got out of the USMC 90 days ago. Got hooked on meth withing 2 weeks. He's tried 3 times to get off and and keeps relapsing. He can be clean for about 5 days then binges for 5 days. He obviously needs a residential program. Do you know if he has a VA Benefit that would cover this treatment since we have no health care insurance at the time?

Jim LaPierre Says...

Thank you for your question. The VA and its health care system are not known for quality services and their coverage tends to be limited in my experience. I do believe it's possible and I encourage you to check out this resource http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/307. That's a starting pint. The next option would be to access your local VA clinic and ask what the process is. If that fails, the Salvation Army offers free/low cost rehab and I encourage you to check out that option if needed. Your husband's willingness is still key. If he is willing to engage in treatment then by all means pursue every opportunity.

It sounds like he is very early on in his using - if rehab is not an option I urge you not to lose hope - a combination of outpatient treatment and Narcotics Anonymous may be just what he needs. Urge him to connect to other veterans who are struggling.

Good luck and blessed be.

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