WELCOME TO ALL AMERICAN ALTERNATIVES
We are a group of people, civilian and military, who have witnessed what PTSD can do to a person. Marriages and hearts have been broken. Jobs, identities, and lives have been lost. Drugs mask the symptoms, but do not provide long term solutions. We want to do something different. We offer drug free alternative methods to help veterans combat stress.
Why We Do What We Do?
Our soldiers and veterans are being dangerously over- medicated, and it is killing them. Prescriptions of four potent opiates to veterans have more than tripled since 9/11, contributing to drug abuse, addiction, and suicide. (22 veteran suicides a day is the current statistic)
In Durham, NC. alone, the amount of opiate prescriptions for soldiers is staggering. 107.2 prescriptions per 100 patients. That’s 578,099 soldiers and 619,565 prescriptions! Mix these opioid pain killers with the antidepressants and sleep aids many of our soldiers are prescribed, and you have a lethal cocktail. There has to be a better way to help our soldiers than throwing drugs at them.
The VA guidelines suggest: “…consider interventions such as relaxation and breathing techniques. These can be used to address specific symptoms such as sleep, pain, hyper arousal, and anger.” “CAM (complementary alternative medicine) approaches may be considered as adjunctive approaches to address comorbid conditions. (Eg acupuncture for pain)”
This is our focus. Providing drug free alternatives to help veterans cope with insomnia, chronic pain, and PTSD.
Awareness is great; Action is greater.
Did you know that everyday there are approximately 22 suicides among our Veterans and Active Duty? That means 8,030 Veterans will take their lives this year right here at home. Our goal is to honor the fallen and raise as much awareness as possible on PTSD and Veteran suicide through a patriotic 22km ruck march while carrying 22+pounds on our back.
Join us on Saturday November 12th, 2016 for the 2nd annual 22km Ruck of Honor in Raleigh North Carolina. We will start at 8A.M. on the dot. Our 2 routes can be found here:
Money raised through Crowdrise, a fundraising platform, will be donated to All American Alternatives, a 501C-3 who has helped Veterans and families in Raleigh by increasing access to alternative wellness strategies.