Center Offers Free Addiction Treatment to War Vets

By McCarton Ackerman 12/28/11

Soldiers suffering from alcohol and drug addiction get free online counseling.

Free addiciton treatment for war vets.

Since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, more than 212,000 veterans have been treated for PTSD by the U.S. Veterans Administration. Effectively treating their physical and psychological wounds—as well as the addictions that often accompany PTSD—will be one of the biggest health care crises of the coming year. Lionrock Recovery, a new online addiction recovery company, has launched their services by offering free treatment to vets. “Our Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have served America bravely, and some will return struggling with addiction. We want to show our appreciation by reaching out to help,” says Peter K. Loeb, CEO and Founder of Lionrock Recovery. Using secure video conferencing, participants will take part in the Lionrock Intensive Outpatient Network (LION) program, receiving nine hours of treatment each week for up to three months. According to a report by Harvard University professor Linda Bilmes, the cost of caring for wounded U.S. veterans could run between $201 billion to $348 billion over the next 40 years, in addition to disability payments ranging from $355 billion to $534 billion.

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