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Military veterans have experiences from deployment and combat that may affect their life upon returning home.

Sometimes it can be difficult to adjust to civilian life after experiencing mental anguish during military service.

The most common mental health disorders among veterans are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder (MDD), and substance use disorder (SUD).

Some may find themselves using substances to cope with the unpleasant feelings and emotions of these disorders.

This palliative solution is known as self-medicating.

One of the commonly abused substances among veterans is alcohol.

This abuse often turns into an addiction.

Veterans who develop an addiction are not alone in this struggle.

Many veterans feel alone and isolated when they are dealing with an addiction.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, there is help available in the community that offers specialized treatment to specific needs.

Recovery is possible.

Others with similar experiences can relate and help through this difficult process.

Treatment is possible and available for you today.


Alcohol Use Among Veterans

Heavy alcohol use is prevalent among veterans.

It is often used as a coping mechanism for other underlying symptoms from possible trauma experienced during service.

Alcohol is a central nervous depressant that may alleviate symptoms from other mental health disorders.

However, continued use of alcohol can lead to dependency.

This is known as alcohol use disorder.

A mental health disorder and alcohol use disorder is considered a dual diagnosis.


What Is Alcohol Use Disorder?

Alcohol use disorder is characterized as a chronic compulsion to use alcohol, often without regard to the amount consumed or frequency of use. This is sometimes referred to as alcoholism. Dependency forms and withdrawal symptoms begin when an individual stops using alcohol. Withdrawal from alcohol can be lethal.
Medical supervision must be used when withdrawing from alcohol use disorder. Medical detoxification will eliminate toxins from alcohol throughout your body. This is often performed at rehabilitation centers or medical settings. It can be difficult to cope with alcohol use disorder. It often leads to more problems, including isolation and suicidal ideation and/or tendencies. If you or someone you know has these feelings, it is important to seek help immediately.
Early intervention may help prevent alcohol from further damage to the individual. Many veterans struggle with alcohol use disorder. Several methods of treatment are available for alcohol use disorder. Some commonly used treatments are psychotherapy, counseling, and sometimes medication. Veterans have several options available to receive treatment for alcohol use disorder. 

How Is Alcohol Use Disorder Treated?

Alcohol use disorder is treated through a variety of methods. Inpatient and outpatient treatment are offered at many mental health treatment centers or rehabilitation clinics. However, if the case is too severe to receive treatment in an outpatient setting, then admission into a mental health treatment center or rehabilitation clinic is the next step to obtain the proper treatment.
Mental health treatment services are provided by healthcare professionals, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, psychiatric nurses, and social workers. Several counselors have experienced similar situations and issues, so they can relate and understand more thoroughly the problems. Typically, only a licensed medical doctor such as a psychiatrist can prescribe medication. However, in some states, psychologists can prescribe medication. 

Inpatient Treatment Programs for Veterans

What is Inpatient Treatment?

Inpatient treatment programs are residential facilities that an individual receives treatment for mental health and addiction disorders. The facility provides a professional environment where they receive 24-hour care. Many methods of treatment are available at inpatient treatment programs, including those for veterans who are dually diagnosed.

Inpatient Treatment and Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment

Inpatient treatment programs provide many forms of therapy. One of the most effective and commonly used methods to treat dual diagnosis is Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT). This is a model designed specifically to treat dual diagnosis. It is an empirical-based practice that combines the most effective treatments for substance abuse disorders and mental health disorders.
Major life changes and concepts are integrated into the treatment, such as sobriety, mental health disorder symptom management, and how to live independently. IDDT teaches coping skills through small changes that overlap and incrementally effect change over time. This is known as a stages-of-change approach. This form of treatment is also individualized to meet the goals and needs of a dually diagnosed individual through various steps. IDDT has been proven to reduce the chances of relapse, arrests, and hospitalization. It has also been proven to increase the chances of a better quality of life, stable housing/employment retention, and independent living. 

Where Veterans Can Receive Alcohol Treatment

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is a federal agency that provides lifelong healthcare for veterans. The agency offers a variety of services, including mental health treatment and substance use treatment. There are 1,700 physical locations across the U.S. Eligible U.S. veterans can receive treatment based upon individual healthcare needs. This includes treatment for alcohol use disorder.

Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment at Private Practice

Another option to consider is receiving treatment for alcohol use disorder is at a private practice. All therapy sessions including individual, group, and family therapy are provided in a professional setting under the care of licensed healthcare professionals such as a psychologist or counselor.
Many mental health treatment centers and rehabs are considered a private practice. These facilities offer treatment for veterans who struggle with alcohol use disorder. Not all insurance carriers will cover the costs of some private practices. If you choose to receive treatment from a private practice, it is important to find mental health treatment centers near you that are within your network. 

Community Mental Health Centers

If a referral to a private practice is not possible, community mental health centers provide public mental health treatment services. Typically, community mental health centers are funded and operated by local government. It is a form of social healthcare that provides the necessary mental health treatment services an individual might not otherwise have access to.
Community mental health centers provide treatment services such as outpatient counseling and therapy, case management, and medication management. Case management services can include referring individuals for employment, residential treatment services, day program services, and other supportive residential services.
Medication management services consist of a licensed medical professional such as a psychiatrist prescribing psychotropic medications and monitoring the health and progress of the individual taking the medications. Many individuals receive Social Security disability benefits and Medicaid to pay for the cost of services.

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

Alcohol use disorder is commonly treated at substance abuse treatment centers or rehab. Veterans can be treated for a variety of mental health disorders in addition to substance abuse and addiction. Most substance abuse treatment centers provide outpatient and inpatient services. An individual receiving outpatient services does not always have to remain at the center. The individual will attend treatment services at the substance abuse center a determined number of times per week.
An individual receiving inpatient services requires him or her to remain at the center for the duration of his or her treatment. Common services provided by substance abuse treatment centers typically include medical detoxification, individual and group therapy, specific psychotherapies and other life skills and coping training, and medication management. It is important to have medical supervision when withdrawing from alcohol. Alcohol withdrawal can lead to delirium tremens, auditory and visual hallucinations, stroke, and death. 

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Seeking treatment for your dependency is one of the bravest things you can do for yourself. Do not let your situation stop you from contacting Resurgence Behavioral Health. We provide honest and accurate pricing information for all our treatment options. We offer free insurance verification. Call us today to see if you qualify.


Reach Out and Receive Treatment Today

Do not wait any further. Help is available to you when you need it.

You are not alone in this struggle.

The trained professionals at Resurgence Behavioral Health genuinely care about you and dedicate their lives to make sure you can live yours.

To overcome substance addiction,

proper drug therapy treatment is required. It is not an easy walk, but our treatment is the best option when it comes to your health.

We provide the most professional treatment to give you a fighting chance in a rough battle.

Let today be the day you reach out to Resurgence Behavioral Health so that you can begin to reclaim the life you have been missing!

Addiction Treatment that
Just Works

Individualized treatment programs delivered in a comfortable, relaxed setting promote healing in your recovery journey.