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.
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.
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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].