Helping with the opioid crisis for veterans #realtalk
Hey guys. This is Dr. Anthony from Absolute Chiropractic in Sea Girt, New Jersey and I know a lot of times we do a lot of these videos, and we’re always goofy and having a good time educating you guys in a fun way. This video’s going to be a little-bit … honestly, it’s going to be a little more serious because it’s something that’s just really, really, really important. If you’re watching this, and you’re local, chances are you know that our area, Monmouth/ Ocean County is having literally an opiate epidemic.
I mean, it’s so common to see kids and families torn apart in the obituaries. It’s just absolutely nuts to see how opioids have really taken over our area. A lot of the times the way we’re getting hooked on this kind of stuff is really by starting with prescriptions. So any amount of change in pain or pain killers, anything like that really makes a huge difference. Especially for those who have really put their life on the line to serve our country and to serve our freedoms.
You guys know I geek out about research a lot and stuff like that and there’s a study that was just published last month in the Journal of Pain Medicine that actually looked at the usage of chiropractic care through the VA for vets. Now, the VA often is very slow to roll out programs like this and what they started doing in 2004 was on a very small scale, they started rolling out chiropractic care for veterans. And what they found was that since 2004, the 14,000 veterans who have received chiropractic care, that the rate and usage of opiate type medications significantly decreased after within 30 days of their first chiropractic adjustment.
31% of the veterans assessed and under chiropractic care were receiving prior or receiving opioids. 31%. I mean, that’s a huge population. 20% of those individuals of the total number had substance abuse disorders. One-fifth. That’s nuts. And they found those rates significantly dropped within 30 days of their first chiropractic visit.
When we say and we sit here and I get on these videos and I say that the body is designed to heal from the inside out, that by delivering pinpoint specific adjustments to correct tension interference in the nerve system to allow the body to properly control and communicate and help with not only things like aches and pains, but dysfunction. When I say that, a lot of the time we get excited about I can live. I can sleep better. My family can be healthier. Get sick less often. But what that translates to, and the reason I’m so fired up about this, is what that translates to is lives changed. Families who aren’t going to be torn apart. Marriages that are saved.
We couldn’t be more excited to be able to provide high quality, specific scientific, neurologically based chiropractic care to our community to help all types of individuals and families, especially people like veterans. Especially individuals who are in pain and are taking things like these opioids and just allow their body to be healed, to function better. Just really allow them to just live their best life possible.
So if you know somebody whose on any of these type of medications, vet or not, please share this. Please let them know that there is hope. Let them know that there is another option for them by correcting subluxation, which stops them from living their lives at the level in which they deserve to by correcting this. That their body can heal. That their body can function better. That they can live the life that they deserve.
So thank you guys so much for watching this video. I hope I inspired some of you guys today to make changes, to take action for yourself, family members, loved ones, friends, enemies. It doesn’t matter because you, your family, our community, Monmouth and Ocean County, it deserves it. The Jersey shore deserves it. Our country deserves it. And so do you. Thank you so much.