Veterans & Addiction
Addiction Treatment for Veterans in Pennsylvania
U.S. military veterans throughout the country struggle with substance abuse. According to Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, veterans are more likely to use and abuse alcohol than civilians. Prescription drug abuse is just as serious, as many veterans develop dependencies or addictions to opioids intended to treat chronic pain.
The negative stigma associated with addiction has proven detrimental to veterans, who are often reluctant to admit they have a problem and seek help. At Silvermist, we are proud to offer addiction treatment for veterans in Pennsylvania. Our facilities and treatment options are designed with veterans in mind.
Consult with us for free today to learn more – just call (724) 268-4858.
Veterans, Trauma & Addiction
Many veterans return to civilian life and experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to the experiences they encounter in combat. Many female veterans also experience PTSD because of sexual assault they suffered while serving in the military.
The well-established link between trauma and addiction explains why so many veterans suffer from substance use disorder and alcohol addiction. Drug and alcohol use are easy ways to self-medicate the symptoms of PTSD.
Some of the symptoms of PTSD include:
- Inability to focus
- Change in personality
- Withdrawal from loved ones
Veterans suffering from addiction caused by PTSD stand the best chance of recovery when they receive trauma-informed treatment. This type of treatment program focuses on increasing a sense of safety and preventing re-traumatization.
Trauma-informed treatment draws on research-based, trauma-focused therapies that help individuals:
- Acknowledge and accept their experiences
- Improve their thinking patterns
- Learn to tolerate distress
- Reduce suicidal thoughts
- Control their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors
Therapies used in a trauma-informed treatment program may include acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and mindfulness-based meditation.
Medications may also be used to assist with the detox process or help clients maintain sobriety.
Help Is Available
Veterans and active-duty service members from all branches of the military can find help for a substance use disorder through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mental health services. Every branch of the military offers alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment programs.
Military personnel can also take advantage of Strong Bonds retreats, which are designed to reduce the stressors that current and former service members face while improving family bonds. These retreats may not treat substance use disorders, but they can address the factors that lead to addiction.
Housing, Employment, Healthcare & Other Needs
Military personnel can take advantage of various resources to obtain housing, find a job, secure healthcare, and address other unique needs.
Some resources include:
- HUD-VASH, a program that connects homeless veterans with housing resources. The Housing Choice Voucher Program helps re-home veterans into rental units.
- SSVF, which offers support and case management services to help veterans find permanent housing
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services, which include job training, resume development, and interview coaching. This resource can also be beneficial to veterans who are interested in starting a business.
Veterans struggling with substance use disorder – or their loved ones – can find compassionate care and comprehensive treatment options at Silvermist. Our team is dedicated to helping veterans move forward to a brighter future.