What drug-addicted soldiers can teach us about addiction and recovery

19% of American soldiers returned from Vietnam addicted to heroin. 95% of them recovered without relapse. How?

Of all war films that offer a sense of actual combat, the documentary Restrepo is arguably closest to representing the tedium and boredom that sets in on a day to day basis—and this in one of the most contentious regions on the planet. For soldiers in the Vietnam War, weeks were filled with not much at all, making it easy for heroin to infiltrate the barracks. 

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