AS SOME VETERANS CONTINUE TO CRITICIZE THE V- A’S DECISION TO WEAN THEM OFF OPIOIDS, OTHERS ARE FINDING RELIEF IN ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS. TWO SEPARATE CHIROPRATIC CLINICS TOLD NATE MORABITO, THE MAJORITY OF VETERANS THEY TREAT WALK AWAY FEELING BETTER ABOUT THEMSELVES WITH LESS PAIN THAN THEY DID WHEN THEY RELIED ON PAIN MEDICATION. ALLEN CHIROPRACTIC IN BRISTOL AND JONES CHIROPRACTIC IN JOHNSON CITY SAY THEY’VE TREATED A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF VETERANS OVER THE LAST YEAR…AT THE SAME TIME THE V-A MOVED FORWARD WITH ITS OPIOID REDUCTION EFFORTS. WHILE ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE MAY NOT WORK FOR EVERYONE, THERE ARE VETERANS WHO ARE FINDING A NEW KIND OF RELIEF. (NATS 07:14:31) “GOOD TO SEE YOU. HOW’S YOUR BACK BEEN?” AT 50 YEARS OLD, DONAVAN JACKSON SAYS HIS CHRONIC BACK PAIN… (NATS 07:14:47) “I’VE BEEN WITHOUT A CANE FOR A WEEK. OH GOOD, THAT’S AWESOME.” IS FAR FROM A NINE OR 10 THESE DAYS… (NATS 07:07:26) “I WOULD SAY THAT IT DOESN’T GET AS HIGH OR AS A FIVE OR A SIX.” MUCH MORE MANAGEABLE AND NO LONGER DIBILITATING… (JACKSON 07:07:14) “SO SEVERE THAT IT WAS HARD TO BREATHE, I HAD BAGS UNDER MY EYES, I LOOKED BAD.” HE CREDITS THE SIGNIFICANT CHANGE TO ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE… (NATS 07:15:11) “WELL, LET’S GET YOU UP ON THE TABLE.” LIKE THE ROUTINE CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS HE RECEIVES. (JACKSON 07:06:47) “RIGHT AWAY I STARTED FEELING A DIFFERENCE.” (NATS 07:18:25) I’M GOING TO GIVE THIS A LITTLE PUSH, YES SIR, OH YEA…THAT’S WHAT HE CALLS A HOME RUN.” ONCE PRESCRIBED OPIOIDS… (NATS 07:03:52) “I WAS ON PAINKILLERS FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS.” JACKSON SAYS HE RECEIVED HIS LAST DOSE ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO… (JACKSON 07:11:00) “THE OPIOIDS ARE NOTHING BUT BAND-AIDS. THEY’RE TEMPORARY PAIN KILLERS.” HE NOW RELIES ON THOSE ADJUSTMENTS… (NATS 07:18:03) “JUST A LITTLE PUSH, GOOD.” MASSAGE THERAPY… (NATS 07:21:33) “TOO MUCH PRESSURE?” AND ACUPUNCTURE…AL TERNATIVES FIRST INTRODUCED TO HIM THROUGH THE V-A’S CHOICE PROGRAM. (JACKSON 07:08:03) “I FEEL LIKE A MILLION BUCKS AND I WANT TO TAKE ON THE WORLD.” AS MOUNTAIN HOME V-A’S CUT THE NUMBER OF VETERANS PRESCRIBED OPIOIDS IN HALF OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, THE FACILITY’S ENCOURAGED PATIENTS TO MOVE TOWARD OTHER KINDS OF THERAPY… (HECHT 5:22:31) “ACTUALLY, SOME OF OUR BIGGEST SCEPTICS, ESPECIALLLY WHEN IT COMES TO SOMETHING LIKE ACCUPUNCTURE HAVE BEEN SO PLEASED AFTER THEY’VE GONE TO THAT THERAPY.” WHILE THERE ARE SUCCESS STORIES… (ROSE 06:38:14) “I’VE BEEN THERE, I’VE DONE IT.” OTHER VETERANS TOLD US ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE ISN’T HELPING THEM. (DAUGHERTY 06:13:10) “IT DIDN’T IMPROVE ANYTHING.” THE CLINIC JACKSON VISITS… (NATS 07:19:00) “WE LOVE YOU VETERANS.” ESTIMATES MORE THAN 50% OF ALL VETERANS TREATED HERE END UP LIKE THIS MAN… (JACKSON 07:04:38) “SEVERE PAIN ROBS YOU OF YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE.” A MAN WHO KNOWS WHAT CHRONIC PAIN FEELS LIKE… (NATS 07:06:22) “YOU JUST HAVE TO KIND OF TRUST IT AND BE OPEN- MINDED ABOUT IT.” AND NOW KNOWS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO LIVE WITHOUT THAT SEVERE PAIN. NATE MORABITO, NEWS CHANNEL 11, IN YOUR CORNER. WHILE MOUNTAIN HOME’S PUSHED TO ELIMINATE

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