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Rehabs for Military Personnel and Veterans

Last updated on: Friday, 12 May 2023

Veterans drug rehabs provide care to the men and women who risked their lives defending their country. Drug Rehab Services has a comprehensive directory of rehab centers for veterans. If you or a loved one is a veteran who needs help with addiction, utilize our directory or call one of our treatment specialist.

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How Do Veterans Access Drug Rehab?

Veterans can access drug and alcohol rehab through Veterans Affairs with their VA health care program or through civilian-operated facilities by contacting local drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.

The services offered through Veteran Affairs depend on specific needs and may include some of the following:

  • Medically managed detox
  • Short-term outpatient counseling
  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Self-help groups
  • Residential (live-in) care
  • Continuing care and relapse prevention
  • Special programs for Veterans with specific concerns (like women Veterans, returning combat Veterans, and homeless Veterans)

When someone has a VA primary care provider, they can access screening for substance use problems and related issues and access treatment and support.

Someone who does not have VA health care benefits can get free private counseling, alcohol and drug assessment, and other support at one of the many different community Vet Centers. Veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless should contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 877-424-3838 for help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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How Do These Programs Help Veterans and Military Personnel?

Treating drug or alcohol addiction is different for each person. Active-duty service members, veterans, and their families face unique problems.

These programs address these unique problems, whether it is a private programs or funded federally, by the state, or locally. For example, the program may address past combat experience, psychological distress, military culture, past injuries, and any underlying issues connected to service or being retired.

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  • Do veterans have access to free drug rehab?

    The VA healthcare program covers services to treat substance use problems. Veterans Affairs provides various services, including drug detox, counseling, outpatient care, inpatient or residential treatment, and special programs for veterans with specific concerns.

  • Why do veterans become addicted to drugs or alcohol?

    Veterans become addicted to drugs or alcohol for various reasons. Most often, it results from injury, Post Traumatic Disorder, mental health issues, and physical or emotional trauma. It is a common problem that many veterans struggle with and require immediate treatment and help.

  • How does drug rehab address Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

    Behavioral therapies tend to be the most effective. Yet, the initial assessment with a qualified professional helps determine the most effective counseling or therapy methods. PTSD is a common problem that is effectively treated in a drug rehab program.

  • Want to know more?

    The questions from Addicted.org’s “Learn from our Experts” are answered by Michael Leach, CCMA. If you need further clarification on any of the questions above or have any other questions you can contact him directly at [email protected].

Common Terminology Surrounding Drug Rehab for Military Personnel and Veterans

Term
Definition
Active Duty Military Personnel
someone who is active duty is in the military full time. They work for the military full time and may live on a military base, and can be deployed at any time.
Military Veterans
a military veteran is a person who has served and is no longer serving in a military. Military veterans that have served directly in combat in a war are further defined as war veterans.
Prescription Drug Addiction
the misuse of prescription drugs means taking medication in a manner or dose other than prescribed. The three classes of medication most commonly misused are opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
is a disorder that occurs when a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. PTSD is a common disorder among war veterans and is one underlying issue for substance abuse and addiction.
TRICARE Health System
TRICARE is a health care program for uniformed service members, retirees, and their families around the world. TRICARE provides comprehensive coverage to all beneficiaries, which includes treatment options for addiction.
Veterans Health Administration
the VHA is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at numerous health care facilities, VA medical centers, outpatient sites to over nine million veterans.
Veterans Affairs
the United States Department of Veterans Affairs is a federal cabinet-level agency providing healthcare services to eligible military veterans at VA medical centers and outpatient clinics located across the country.
Department of Defense
the United States Department of Defense is an executive branch department for the federal government charged with coordinating and supervising all government agencies and functions directly related to national security and the Armed Forces.

CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ARTICLE

MARCEL GEMME, DATS

AUTHOR

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.

MICHAEL LEACH, CCMA

MEDICAL REVIEWER

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Michael Leach is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, who has over 5 years of experience working in the field of addiction. He spent his career working under the board-certified Addictionologist Dr. Rohit Adi. His experience includes working with families during their loved one’s stay in treatment, helping those with substance abuse issues find treatment, and teaching life skills to patients in a recovery atmosphere. Though he has worked in many different areas of rehabilitation, the majority of his time was spent working one on one with patients who were actively withdrawing from drugs. Withdrawal and the fear of going through it is one biggest reason why an addict continues to use and can be the most difficult part of the rehabilitation process. His experience in the withdrawal atmosphere has taught him that regardless of what approach a person takes to get off drugs, there are always mental and emotional obstacles that need to be overcome. He believes having someone there to help a person through these obstacles can make all the difference during the withdrawal process.