Veteran Program – Valor
Whether it begins after a tour of duty in a combat zone, while adjusting to civilian life post-discharge, or following military sexual trauma, 1 in 15 veterans struggles with substance abuse. PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) prevalence among those who meet the criteria for both alcohol and drug use disorders is 76%. Mental health conditions are strongly associated with substance use disorders (SUDs), as are other problems, including:
- Reintegration stresses
- Sleep disturbances
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Violence in relationships
Veterans have unique addiction treatment needs that are best addressed with specialized care in a setting with other veterans. That’s why Vogue Recovery Center created the Valor program, which is evidence-based, trauma-focused rehab for veterans.
Signs of Substance Abuse in Veterans
Identifying a problem and seeking professional help in a veteran rehab program is a sign of strength and courage in a military culture that doesn’t always see it that way. Both those struggling with addiction and the people around them need to know the warning signs. Some signs of problematic alcohol abuse and drug abuse may include:
- Lying about whereabouts
- Smelling like alcohol
- Sudden weight loss
- Irregular sleeping
- Loss of motivation
- Poor work or school performance
- Financial issues
- Tremors and dizziness
- Repetitive or slurred speech
- Memory blackouts
Why Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment Is Especially Important for Veterans
Perhaps the most frequent cause of drug and alcohol abuse among veterans is post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. This condition occurs when you keep reliving a trauma you experienced or witnessed. Because of their situation, soldiers may be especially susceptible. Many veterans with PTSD don’t seek treatment for it or don’t recognize it. They may attempt to cope by drinking heavily or abusing drugs. This only makes matters worse. Common symptoms of PTSD include:
- Trouble sleeping or nightmares
- Feelings of helplessness
- Feeling emotionally numb
- Memory problems
Co-occurring disorders or a dual diagnosis means that you are struggling with both addiction and a mental health condition like PTSD. Other common co-occurring disorders with addiction include:
- Bipolar disorder
It’s important to receive dual diagnosis treatment in rehab for veterans so you can address all your behavioral health issues at the same time. If not, the reasons you are abusing substances won’t be addressed. This can keep the self-medicating cycle going: You experience trauma symptoms and use drugs or alcohol to numb them.
Vogue Recovery Center Veteran Program: Valor
Military service is demanding and dangerous. Life after the military can pose serious challenges for veterans. Leaving military service means changing from a tight-knit military culture to civilian culture that values personal progress and individual success. Many veterans find it difficult to return to everyday life.
These challenges cause some veterans to turn to alcohol and drugs to self-medicate. This can lead to chemical dependency and addiction. Vogue Recovery Center understands veterans have unique needs different from many other clients when it comes to substance use treatment. Spending time in our veteran rehab centers in Nevada and Arizona provides the behavioral health treatment you or a loved one needs to get back on the path to healthy living.
What to Expect in Our Treatment for Veterans
At Vogue Recovery Center, you can expect specialized veterans’ substance abuse treatment that focuses on trauma and other co-occurring disorders.
Our alcohol and drug rehab for veterans includes:
Vogue’s multidisciplinary treatment teams address physical, behavioral, and mental health issues at the same time. Treating the whole person under one roof increases the quality of treatment and is essential for long-term recovery. Our integrated model acknowledges the connection between the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders. We target both disorders together. Our treatment team addresses trauma early in treatment. We teach skills that relieve symptoms of PTSD. Proper management of PTSD and other mental health symptoms improves addiction recovery.
Some of the therapies we use include:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Dual diagnosis treatment/co-occurring disorders treatment
- Rational emotive therapy
- Moral reconation therapy
- Cognitive processing therapy (CPT)
- Prolonged exposure therapy (PE)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Systematic desensitization
- Motivational interviewing
- Person-centered therapy
- Solution-focused therapy
- Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care
Vogue Recovery Center’s staff are highly credentialed, deeply experienced individuals from diverse backgrounds. These include civilians, veterans, and military personnel. All staff in our programs for veterans are trained in military culture sensitivity. We promote an environment that supports:
- Safety – Our addiction treatment centers create an environment that protects you from physical harm and promotes a sense of emotional security.
- Trustworthiness – Staff earn your trust through open, respectful communication.
- Choice and collaboration – Our rehab for veterans provides services according to your individual preferences and values and encourages you to make your own care choices.
- Empowerment – Our drug and alcohol rehab centers offer avenues to provide you feedback and advocate for your own needs.
Recovery is a process of change. You work to:
- Improve health and wellness
- Live a self-directed life
- Reach your full potential
Veterans at our facilities are encouraged to set personal recovery goals. You’ll work with case managers to develop meaningful daily activities that support the independence, income, and resources necessary to participate in society. This may include:
- Financial planning
- Resume writing
- Submitting job applications
- Navigating public transportation
- General housekeeping
Transitional Care Plans
Each client works together with their treatment team to develop an aftercare program that works for them:
- Appointments are scheduled with primary care physicians, specialty providers, and other mental health treatment providers as part of discharge planning.
- Participation in 12-step and other community support groups
- Identifying strategies for managing symptoms to sustain long-term sobriety and better overall health
- Taking steps to restore positive family relationships through family therapy or other means
- Help determining eligibility for and submitting enrollment applications to receive veteran benefits, which could include:
- Disability compensation
- Veteran’s pension programs
- Education programs
- Housing and home loan guarantees
- Job training
Our treatment facility offers several levels of care to fit your needs:
- Drug and alcohol detox program
- Residential treatment
- Partial hospitalization programs (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient programs
- Outpatient rehab
- Sober-living residences
Addiction Treatment for First Responders
Like veterans, first responders are regularly exposed to traumatic events as part of their jobs. As the first people to arrive on the scene of traumatic events, they see things most people never see in their lifetimes, and they often experience trauma themselves. This can lead to substance abuse as a way to cope with the stress of the job. First responders struggle with trauma and substance abuse more than most other professions, and it can be very difficult to overcome these issues.
First responders who are at risk of trauma and addiction include:
- Emergency medical technicians
- Police officers
- ER staff
First responders and veterans often struggle with similar types of trauma and unhealthy coping skills. Addiction treatment for these two populations must be highly trauma-focused and relevant to their unique life experiences. First responders can attend our Valor program to receive the specialized treatment they need for long-term recovery.
What to Look for in a Veterans’ Treatment Program
The needs of veterans struggling with alcohol and drug addiction can be different from the general population. Those who haven’t been in combat or on the front lines may not understand the intense and complex trauma you’ve experienced. It’s important to look for a veteran rehab that has specialized programs for those who’ve been in your shoes. Some important things to look for in a recovery program include:
- Trauma-informed care
- Trauma therapies for PTSD
- Treatment providers trained in trauma and mental health treatment
- Relapse prevention training
- Treatment for substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders
- Combination of group and individual counseling
- Aftercare planning
- Joint Commission accredited
Private insurance or self-pay, we’ll work with you.
Admissions and Insurance
Veteran substance abuse is typically linked to complex underlying issues like trauma, military culture, and mental health conditions. You need specialized treatment by professionals who understand these factors and can help you heal and move forward. We know this decision to enter an addiction treatment program is not an easy one, and we want to make the process as stress-free as possible.
Call us today for a free, confidential consultation. Our admissions team is compassionate and trained in substance abuse issues.
Alcohol and drug addiction treatment may be more affordable than you think. Vogue Recovery Center proudly participates in the VA PC3 network, and we are in network with:
- TriWest Healthcare Alliance®
- Sierra BHO
- AHCCCS – Magellan Health
- Health Choice
- Mercy Care
- Molina Healthcare
- Arizona Complete Health
We also accept most major commercial insurance policies.
You’ve worked hard for your country, and now it’s time to get the help you need to live the life you deserve. Reach out today.