For people in the military, risking their lives serving the country is probably the hardest thing to do. However, statistics show that they have an even more difficult time when they come home as veterans. After the high pressure, highly regimented life in the military, learning to reintegrate into civilian lifestyle is nothing short of a traumatic transition that they may never recover from. Veterans are especially susceptible to substance use disorders when they undergo dishonorable discharge because of zero-tolerance policies and random drug tests while on active duty. Unfortunately, this leads them toward dependence on substances such as alcohol, drugs, opioids and other prescription medications.
Some sobering statistics:
Our compassionate and caring team at New Hope Health provides a range of services specifically tailored to support the unique needs of our veterans, not only for their substance use issues, but more importantly, their trauma and other mental health issues, so that they can return to civilian life and find fulfillment through other avenues.
Whether it’s the aftereffects of the high-stress environment during active duty, or traumatic reintegration into civilian life, studies among veterans show higher rates of substance abuse and addiction. Combined with the fact that there is a stigma against seeking treatment among military personnel, many veterans do not seek help. The unfortunate impact of this is that veterans are significantly affected by critical issues related to addiction and mental health.
Most commonly abused substances by veterans:
Most common mental health issues affecting veterans:
The good news is that when veterans receive proper diagnosis and treatment, their rates of recovery are significantly higher than the general population. Dual diagnosis is an important step toward uncovering co-occurring disorders with addiction and related mental health issues such as trauma, depression and anxiety.
New Hope Health offers the following services that can greatly aid the unique challenges that veterans encounter with substance use and abuse, as well as their impact on mental health.
Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe people who suffer from both mental illness and substance use disorder (SUD). People who suffer from dual diagnoses often struggle with depression, anxiety disorders, or bipolar disorder. They may also experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, or other mood disorders like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Treatment for dual diagnosis should address both the mental health condition and the substance use disorder in parallel. Experienced clinicians and therapists can effectively treat dual diagnosis using therapy, medication, and aftercare.
According to American Addiction Centers, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a valuable treatment tool for trauma as well as addiction. At New Hope Health we use CBT extensively as part of our therapeutic treatment services. We also use other evidence-based practices such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Enhancement and Interviewing as options.
Group Therapy is another treatment modality that’s particularly effective in veterans. Because veterans typically don’t share their experiences they had during active duty, they suppress their emotions and try to cope using substances. Group Therapy provides a safe space for them to receive understanding, empathy and compassion as they work through their challenges and issues. Confidentiality is an integral part of group therapy, and therefore it can help provide a sense of belonging while they learn how to reintegrate back into civilian life.
The key to recovery success is long term support. This is even more true in the case of veterans battling a range of uniquely challenging issues. At New Hope Health, we offer several types of outpatient programs such as Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Outpatient Programs (OP). Our outpatient programs offer flexible scheduling options so that veterans can participate even as they transition out into civilian life.
Interested in working with us for your recovery? Do not hesitate to reach out to ask about our variety of services and treatment programs. You can also schedule a tour of our comfortable, drug free facilities. We work with a wide range of insurance providers, so that you can find the treatment that is most beneficial for you. Verify your insurance.
Take charge of your journey to recovery.
At New Hope Health in Tennessee, we offer free insurance verification for our clients who feel they need some help. When you contact us, we will carry out the thorough analysis of your addiction problem, and then recommend a workable drug treatment program. Next, we will contact your insurance provider on your behalf and verify your benefits. We will also let you know if you will be responsible for any out-of-pocket expense not covered under your plan.
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