I want my life back after Army injury led to addiction to painkillers and PTSD

DEAR DEIDRE: WHILE serving in the Army overseas I was injured by an explosive device. This meant the end of the career I had worked so hard for.

This happened a few years ago and I was honourably discharged.

I suffered severe pain as a result of my injuries and was put on medication. I am in my early 40s. I now suffer from addiction to pain killers along with post-traumatic stress disorder.

I lost everything – my job, my girlfriend, my home. I could not live without my pain-killing drugs.

All I want is a fresh chance in life. I know I am capable of being a positive member of society. I know I could form a loving relationship and settle down with someone, maybe even start a family.

The difficulty is that I can’t make any kind of new start while I am so totally addicted to drugs. I’ve tried to “white-knuckle” my way to sobriety but fail repeatedly.

DEIDRE SAYS: I’m glad you’ve realised it’s OK to reach out for help.

You can find experienced support from people who understand through Combat Stress, the veterans’ charity (, 0800 138 1619). Then you can start on that fresh chance in life you long for.

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