14 April 2014

Combat veterans battle an enemy within: Addiction | RallyPoint.com

Military News - Combat veterans battle an enemy within: Addiction

Image Copyright: Anastasia Walsh, South Florida Sun-Sentinel/MCT

By Michael Vitez
Copyright: The Philadelphia Inquirer

The first time Pearson Crosby went to the methadone clinic at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center in early 2013, he asked his father to go with him.

But couldn't tell him why.

Crosby, who played varsity basketball at Council Rock High School South, had served four years in the United States Marine Corps, with two tours in Iraq.

When he came home from war in late 2008, he soon faced another scourge - addiction to prescription pain medications. His life descended into another hell, one maybe worse than war.

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