Helping Veterans Overcome Addiction to Drugs or Alcohol
Addiction treatment for veterans has recently evolved to now include private drug rehab centers in the United States. With drug rehab centers being able to finally accept Tricare insurance, we can now help Veterans and their families seek treatment and detox programs that are outside of the VA. Seeking treatment for a Veteran that has become addicted to prescription drugs, illegal drugs or alcohol can be a daunting task. There are more options now available to you since the VA overhaul. We want to be available to everyone that needs treatment for addictions, especially for our brave men and women of the Military and their families.
If you or a loved one is seeking treatment for a mental health disorder or substance abuse problem, we can help you locate the best drug rehab center for Veterans in the United States. Our Veteran drug rehab program will be able to either take your insurance or possibly find a grant for you if you are uninsured. We will be able to find you programs that use evidence-based treatment methods and therapy models that have been proven helpful in treating veterans with co-occurring disorders.
Getting help for addiction as a Veteran used to be a difficult process. Some people in the past may have been denied treatment for their addictions. This has now been changed allowing for more access to drug rehab centers for service members. Finding treatment for addictions to drugs or alcohol was not available in the private sector. This is due to bureaucratic red tape and the acceptance of the military health care insurance Tricare. In 2017 there was a major overhaul of the military insurance Tricare, which is now offering Veterans treatment for addictions through private rehab centers that qualify for the new program. This overhaul has allowed for providers of addiction treatment to access resources like TriCare and federal grant monies allocated for the treatment of Veterans in the country. This is a game-changer for Veterans seeking treatment for their addictions to drugs or alcohol.
Where Can I Find The Best Drug Rehab Programs for Veterans Near Me?
Finding a rehab center near where you live can be necessary to some. It is important to find out what the various types of treatment are available in your area. This ensures all the needs of the individual are met before deciding on a specific rehab program. We can help you choose between inpatient short-term treatment, long-term, 30-90 day treatment, outpatient programs, or a dual diagnosis treatment program. The best treatment for you is the one that fits your specific needs or circumstances.
Depending on where in the country you are located, you may find that there are not any programs for Veterans in your immediate area. There may be facilities nearby that you can travel to for treatment. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of traveling outside of your area for treatment. We can help you locate a facility through our helpline for veterans and connect you with providers throughout the country that may be able to help you.
Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Detox Centers Covered by Tricare Military Insurance
Military insurance coverage explained: Military insurance coverage can include Tricare and regular VA benefits through the Department of Veteran Affairs. Most insurance companies give discounts to the Military for private health care coverage as well. The health care offered by Tricare and through the VA has expanded to offer treatment through private and low-cost drug rehab centers in the United States. Seeking treatment for veterans can include inpatient rehab centers, detox, and outpatient treatment programs for substance abuse. Even without insurance, there may be help that you could receive through a VA-grants.
Tricare is a health insurance program for veterans and their families. Tricare coverage is available in 4 different varieties: Tricare for Life, Tricare Standard, Tricare Extra, and Tricare Prime. Tricare offers insurance plans for Veterans, active duty service members, retired military, and the families of service members. Tricare military insurance for retired veterans costs $12.50 a month to $150 a year for a single person or $25 a month to $300 a month for a family plan.
Why active duty service members do not seek treatment for mental health concerns or prescription medication dependency
There can be actual problems for active duty service members who report an addiction problem of mental health concern. When an active duty service member seeks treatment or help for a mental health concern or ongoing addiction they may face some discrimination. This discrimination may come in the form of being passed by for promotions, not getting new assignments, and even dishonorable discharge for some conditions, including drug addiction. This is why when some service members transition into civilian life, their mental health or drug addiction can become more severe.
The United States Military has had an ongoing battle with addictions since its inception, especially for those that have been diagnosed with PTSD. Treatment methods and models include PTSD screenings and treatment if necessary. Some treatment programs for Veterans offer many different therapy programs in order to address all the underlying conditions that may be brought to the foreground during one on one therapy sessions.
Substance abuse affects veterans and active-duty personnel at an alarming rate. In a recent survey, it was found that 1 in every 15 Veterans has struggled with addictions to drugs, or alcohol in the past year. It has been found that 5% of active duty service members are heavy alcohol drinkers. and 25% of those diagnosed with PTSD have an addiction issue or SUD.
If you think you are struggling with PTSD, you can take our PTSD Screening Test HERE
Disclaimer: This evaluation is not intended to constitute a diagnosis of any disorder. The information provided here cannot substitute for a full evaluation by a health professional which must be done in person. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for help locating a treatment center for addiction.
Military and Alcohol Culture
Active duty military personnel have a hard time transitioning into civilian life which can lead to heavy drinking once they return home. If you add PTSD or an underlying mental health condition, using alcohol as a coping mechanism can become quite common in veterans that have served in a combat zone. The alcohol culture in the Military has been helped along by rewarding the service members with alcohol for doing a good job or returning from a mission. When alcohol is used to reward behavior or accomplishment, it can lead to dependency when the service member returns home. Alcoholism in the Military is an ongoing problem as it has interwoven itself into military culture resulting in service members being more susceptible to alcohol addiction than civilians.
Alcohol use and drinking can serve in creating a means to connect with fellow service members through comradery. Some restaurants and bars offer discounted prices for drinks to service members and retired military personnel as a reward for their service. Alcohol abuse disorders are the most prevalent form of substance abuse across all branches of the military. More than one in three service personnel met the criteria for hazardous drinking or possible alcohol use disorder, with rates higher among men than women. In a recent 2017 survey, it was found that veterans were more likely to abuse alcohol (56% compared to their civilian counterparts 50.1%) in a one month period. The result of heavy use of alcohol was 7.5% compared to 6.5% for the general population.
Why veterans are at a higher risk for addictions than civilians
Trauma. Veterans with multiple deployments are subject to more exposure of active combat and are at a high risk of developing PTSD and other mental health issues. Some Veterans with PTSD turn to drugs or alcohol to help deal with intrusive thoughts, sleeping problems, nightmares, and flashbacks.
Sexual trauma. In both males and females who have experienced sexual assault are at risk for mental health problems, anxiety, PTSD, and depression. Veterans that have experienced sexual trauma may turn to drugs or alcohol to help mask the trauma.
Homelessness. Veterans are at a higher risk of homelessness. The latest estimate of homelessness in the United States found that over 10% of the homeless population is made up of veterans. 75% of veterans that end up homeless have an underlying mental health condition, PTSD, or addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Prescription medication availability. Veterans can become addicted to these drugs as to no fault of their own. Working in the military exposes people to pain from combat-related injuries, and other injuries while enlisted in the Armed Services. The VA has taken a look at the prescriptions dispensed that period, and 3.8 million prescriptions were written. They have been limiting the number of medications dispensed and the length of time one can be prescribed opioids. This has led to a decline in opioid prescriptions and addiction rates among active-duty military personnel.
Military ResourcesHow do I apply for Basic Medical Benefits Package for Veterans?
The simplest way to apply for VA health benefits is by completing and submitting VA Form 10-10EZ, Application for Health Benefits online. https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/#main-content
You may also apply in person at your local VA medical facility, by calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or you may mail the completed form to:
VA Health Eligibility Center
2957 Clairmont Road, Suite 200
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
What to do if you or a loved one is suicidal?
The suicide prevention lifeline offers free and confidential emotional support for all people that are in crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day and 7 days a week in the united states.
The current lifeline phone number is 1-800-273-8255
The Lifeline 988
988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022