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Drug Rehab Guide for Veterans Struggling with Addiction


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 from these disorders.

This palliative solution is known as self-medicating.

Substances such as alcohol, opioids, and prescription drugs are commonly abused.

This abuse often turns into an addiction.

Veterans who develop 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.

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Veterans and Dual Diagnosis

Veterans who have experienced trauma may also develop a mental health disorder, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.

An individual who has a mental health disorder and abuses substances can be considered to have a dual diagnosis.

However, it can sometimes be challenging for clinicians to diagnose individuals with a mental health disorder if they have also been abusing substances.

This is because substance abuse can cause many symptoms of mental health disorders.

It can also create mental health disorders after substance use has ceased.

It is important to seek treatment for a dual diagnosis because substance abuse can exacerbate symptoms of a mental health disorder and vice versa.

A dual diagnosis of a mental health disorder or disorders comorbid with a substance abuse disorder can be treated through a variety of methods.

Withdrawing from substances can be a challenging process, but it is possible.

Research shows one of the most effective therapies is Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT).

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Where Veterans Can Receive Help for Addiction

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.

Private Practice

Another option to consider is receiving mental health treatment 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. Private practice can include your primary care physician.
Although primary care physicians in private practices usually focus on general physical healthcare, they can also prescribe psychotropic medication to treat an individual’s reported mental health symptoms. However, general practitioners have not specifically received extensive training in this area. Therefore, it is recommended a referral to a psychiatrist be the first choice of treatment options.
A psychiatrist or psychologist can accurately provide an accurate psychiatric assessment and diagnosis so that the most effective treatment methods can be explored. Psychiatrists can also practice in a private setting. Many mental health treatment centers and rehabs are considered a private practice. 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.

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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

Mental health treatment also includes substance abuse and addiction treatment. Treatment for substance abuse and addiction is commonly treated at substance abuse treatment centers or rehab. Individuals 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.

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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 also offer free insurance verification. Call Resurgence Behavioral Health today to see if you qualify.

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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.

Your loved ones cared to provide an intervention for you so that you can get the help you need and deserve.

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!

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