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 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 and first responders. That’s why Vogue Recovery Center created the Valor program, which provides evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment for veterans.
Signs of Substance Abuse
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 Important
Perhaps the most frequent cause of drug and alcohol abuse among veterans and first responders 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 and first responders may be especially susceptible. Many veterans don’t seek treatment for their PTSD or don’t recognize it. They attempt to cope by drinking heavily or abusing drugs, yet 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 mental health conditions like PTSD. Other common co-occurring disorders with addiction include depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. It’s important to receive dual diagnosis treatment so that you can address all your behavioral health issues simultaneously. If not, the underlying reasons you are abusing substances go untreated. This can keep the self-medicating cycle going, i.e., you experience trauma symptoms and use drugs or alcohol to numb them.
Our Veteran Program: Valor
Military service is demanding and dangerous. Life after the military can pose completely different yet equally fatal challenges for the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Discharging from military service means shifting from a tight-knit military culture built on selfless sacrifice to a civilian culture rooted in personal progress and individual success. Many veterans find it difficult to reintegrate with the general American public because they just can’t reacclimate.
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 and first responders have unique needs different from many other clients when it comes to substance abuse treatment. Spending time in our first responder and veteran rehab centers in Nevada and Arizona can provide the behavioral health treatment you or a loved one needs to get back on the path to healthy living.
What to Expect in Our Veterans Treatment Program
At Vogue Recovery Centers, 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 simultaneously. Treating the whole person under one roof during a single episode of care increases the quality of treatment and is essential for positive health outcomes. Our integrated model acknowledges the interplay between the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and substance use disorders and targets both disorders together. We address trauma early in treatment and teach skills that relieve symptoms of PTSD. Proper management of PTSD and other mental health symptoms improves recovery from addiction. Some of the therapies we use include:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior 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 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—civilians, veterans, military personnel, and retired first responders. All staff in our programs for veterans are trained in military culture sensitivity and promote an environment that embodies the following principles:
- 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 veterans substance abuse programs provide services according to your individual preferences and values and encourage 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 through which you improve health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach your full potential. Veterans at our facilities are encouraged to set personal recovery goals and 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 hand-in-hand with their treatment team to develop an aftercare program that works for them:
- Appointments are scheduled with primary care physicians, speciality providers, and other mental health treatment providers as part of discharge planning.
- Participation in 12-step and other community support groups.
- Identifying strategies for proactively managing symptoms to sustain long-term stability and better overall health.
- Taking steps to restore positive family relationships through family therapy or other means.
- Assistance 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:
- Alcohol detox and drug detox program
- Inpatient drug rehab
- Partial hospitalization programs (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient programs
- Outpatient treatment
- Sober-living residences
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 components 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
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. 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.