Veterans and first responders suffering from substance abuse issues are in a unique situation, facing both addiction as well as PTSD, a disorder that affects a large percentage of America’s veterans.
Understanding that members of the military face additional challenges in their fight against addiction, Desert Hope Treatment Center has introduced their innovative program titled Salute to Recovery designed to help soldiers and other military personnel in their battle against drug and alcohol abuse and the mental health issues that so often go along with those challenges.
Desert Hope is part of American Addiction Centers, a group of providers offering inpatient and outpatient treatments for substance abuse, focusing on treatment solutions and clinical care. They have locations all across the United States. Desert Hope even has an area dedicated to allowing veterans, military, and first responders to connect and bond at their own pace and on their own terms. CEO Ambrozino Storr has been vocal about the pride he feels in providing a safe space for veterans to heal and be vulnerable. Read more: American Addiction Center Reviews | Glassdoor and American Addiction Centers | Crunchbase
Currently, only half of returning military and other service members who need help with these issues seek assistance, and as of 2016 4 out of every 5 veterans who were unable to work had either a mental or physical limitation that stops them from getting back into the workforce. In fact, somewhere upwards of 80% of Vietnam veterans have been diagnosed with alcohol abuse disorders. Desert Hope is designed specifically for our veterans, which means services provided could potentially be covered through the V.A. Much of the staff is comprised of former veterans themselves, which gives them the necessary insight to help their patients.
Desert Hope Treatment Center uses a wide variety of techniques to address PTSD and addiction, including group therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and much more. They also use a technique designed to heal through eye movement called EDMR, a psychotherapy treatment designed to help people who have been through traumatic events.
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