Veterans / Active Military

The Frontiers of Psychedelic Medicine

The following is Dr. Samoon Ahmad‘s interview with Dr. Stephen Ross regarding the mental health benefits of Psilocybin. SAMOON AHMAD To start, could you give me a little bit of an overview about what drew you to psilocybin? What made you so

Navy Seals and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Struggling with the psychological effects of serving in four combat tours and an undiagnosed brain injury, Larkin died by suicide on a Sunday morning in 2017 dressed in a SEAL Team shirt with the medals he earned in service next to him.

The Greatest Unused Treatment for Opioid use Disorder

Contingency Management uses reward techniques to bolster abstinence from drug or alcohol use. A webinar  by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association called contingency management “the greatest unused treatment” for opioid use disorder.” The organization noted the technique’s effectiveness for treating addictions

Equine Therapy

There are several life skills that a horse can teach better than a person. Equine therapy lowers your blood pressure and heart rate, alleviates stress and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can also help people struggling with addictions or mental

Contact Veterans Groups

American Legion:  Wounded Warrior Project-Mental Wellness Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)  Vietnam Veterans of America  WWII U.S. Veterans:  Korean War Veterans Association  Improve the Lives of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Veterans Crisis Line   or 800-273-8255 ext-1

Opioids / Veterans / Telemedicine

Increasing numbers of Veterans are dying from heroin and synthetic opioids. There is a pressing need to find and provide care to veterans who need help for use of non-prescription opioids, whether or not they are also taking prescription opioids. “Mental and

Forbes talks Veterans & Suicide

Over the past six years alone, 45,000 Veterans and active duty service members died by suicide—more deaths than the total number of combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Go to:                          

Not Exactly “The Ladies Who Lunch”

Female service members play a pivotal role in U.S. military operations. Their responses to those experiences may be distinct from those of their male counterparts.  Incident rates of mental health diagnoses are higher among females than males. ` Read:        

Sebastian Junger on PTSD

Sebastian Junger’s piece points out that even though fewer soldiers experience direct combat in war (fewer than 10%), PTSD rates among veterans is almost 25%. The trauma driving PTSD is not just the horrors of combat, he says, but the shock of