Treatment Options for Military Veterans
Military veterans experience events and go through challenges much different than that of the general population.
It is because of these detrimental experiences that many military veterans face different kinds of issues that can impair their ability to live a suitable life after serving.
As many as 20 percent of military veterans develop a mental health disorder.
The most common disorder among veterans is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Often, to self-medicate, they will also use substances as a palliative solution.
Eventually, they may develop an addiction to the substance.
Many veterans struggle with a dual diagnosis of a mental health disorder and substance use disorder (SUD).
If you are one of these veterans dealing with these ailments daily,
you must know you are not alone in this battle.
There is help for you out in the community that offers specialized treatment to your specific needs.
Recovery is possible.
Others with similar experiences can relate and help you through this difficult process.
Treatment is possible and available for you today.
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What Treatment Is Available for Military Veterans?
Mental health treatment is unique to each person, each mental health disorder, and each situation.
Especially the unique experiences military veterans face.
There are several methods and forms of treatment that vary for everyone.
Veterans share common experiences in the military; however, just because they have similar experiences does not mean they will have the same treatment.
Just as the experiences differ, so will the treatment.
Several psychotropic medications and different forms of psychotherapy can treat different kinds of disorders.
The most common disorders among veterans, PTSD and SUD, are typically treated through different pharmaceutical interventions and different kinds of psychotherapy.
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.
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Where Is Treatment Available for Military Veterans?
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. The VA also offers telemedicine and teletherapy.
Telemedicine and teletherapy are treatment options that allow individuals to receive mental health and substance use treatment through an electronic device using the internet. This is convenient for those who may find it difficult to leave their home, or to those who do not have an efficient means of transportation to the closest VA treatment center.
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.
Teletherapy and Telemedicine
Telemedicine is an accessible, convenient, and cost-effective way of receiving healthcare services through telecommunication via electronic devices. The means of communicating through electronic devices include smartphone applications and web-based services designed specifically for telemedicine.
Healthcare providers and patients to share information virtually and remotely. This form of healthcare service has recently been used by mental health professionals and drug rehab centers to provide therapy and addiction treatment. This allows more people from rural areas to receive healthcare treatment, without having to commute to the nearest healthcare facility. However, it is a new component of mental health treatment and is currently being evaluated for its effectiveness and efficiency compared to physical appointments.
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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!