Addiction among veterans is a critical issue that demands specialized attention and care. In fact, More than one in 10 Veterans who seek care at the U.S. Veteran’s Administration meet the criteria to be diagnosed with a substance use disorder. These brave individuals often carry the weight of experiences that can lead to substance abuse as a coping mechanism for physical and emotional pain. Turning Tides Treatment Center is not just a rehab facility; it’s a place where veterans can find understanding, compassion, and a tailored approach to overcoming addiction.
Our center stands as a testament to the community’s commitment to honoring and supporting its veterans. By providing a comprehensive range of services specifically designed to address the complexities of veteran addiction, our treatment facility plays a crucial role in the healing process. The serene environment of Orange County, combined with the center’s innovative treatment methods, creates an ideal setting for recovery and rehabilitation.
Turning Tides is proudly in-network with Tricare to provide veterans with accessible drug rehab. Our treatment center stands as a beacon of hope, guiding veterans toward a renewed life free from the shackles of addiction.
Understanding Addiction in Veterans
The journey of a veteran battling addiction is often marked by complexities that go beyond the usual triggers of substance abuse. Many veterans struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition prevalent among those who have experienced the horrors and stresses of combat. Almost 1 out of every 3 Veterans seeking treatment for SUD also has PTSD. PTSD can manifest in various ways, including nightmares, flashbacks, and severe anxiety, leading many to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol as a means of escape.
In addition to PTSD, many veterans face challenges in transitioning back to civilian life. This adjustment can be overwhelming, marked by a loss of camaraderie and purpose, leading to feelings of isolation, depression, and a lack of direction. The military structure and brotherhood that once provided support and identity are suddenly absent, leaving a void that some veterans attempt to fill with substance abuse.
Chronic pain and physical injuries are also common among veterans, especially those who have been in active combat. The long-term use of prescription painkillers to manage these conditions can inadvertently lead to addiction. Furthermore, the stigma associated with mental health issues within the military community can deter veterans from seeking help, exacerbating the problem.
The combination of these factors creates a unique set of challenges for veterans. This is why addiction treatment for veterans needs to be multifaceted, addressing not just the physical dependency but also the underlying emotional and psychological issues. Turning Tides Treatment Center specializes in this holistic approach, offering therapies that address PTSD, pain management, and the emotional struggles associated with reintegration into civilian life.
Services Offered at Turning Tides Treatment Center
Turning Tides Treatment Center offers a comprehensive array of services designed to address the multifaceted needs of veterans struggling with addiction. These services include, but are not limited to:
Detoxification Programs: A medically supervised detox process that ensures safety and comfort while managing withdrawal symptoms.
Individual Therapy: One-on-one sessions with experienced therapists who use various techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, to address underlying issues contributing to addiction.
Group Therapy: Group sessions that provide peer support and allow veterans to share experiences and coping strategies in a safe, therapeutic environment.
Family Therapy: Involving family members in the recovery process to rebuild trust and improve communication.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment: For veterans dealing with co-occurring mental health disorders such as PTSD, anxiety, or depression alongside addiction.
Holistic Therapies: Including yoga and meditation to promote overall well-being and address the spiritual and emotional aspects of recovery.
Life Skills Training: Helping veterans acquire skills necessary for a successful transition to everyday civilian life.
Relapse Prevention Education: Teaching strategies to identify and manage triggers to prevent relapse.
Customized Treatment Plans: Personalized plans that cater to the individual needs and circumstances of each veteran.
Tricare and Its Benefits for Veterans
Tricare, the healthcare program available to military personnel, plays a pivotal role in making addiction treatment accessible to veterans. Tricare’s coverage extends to various aspects of the rehabilitation process, providing financial relief and ensuring that veterans receive the care they need without undue stress about the cost. Key benefits include:
Coverage for a Range of Treatment Services: Tricare covers essential services like detoxification, inpatient and outpatient treatment, and therapy sessions.
Access to Quality Care: Veterans can access high-quality care at accredited facilities like Turning Tides, ensuring they receive the best possible treatment.
Reduced Financial Burden: By covering a substantial portion of treatment costs, Tricare eases the financial burden on veterans and their families.
Flexibility in Choosing Providers: Veterans have the flexibility to choose from a variety of Tricare-approved providers, allowing them to find the best fit for their specific needs.
Support for Mental Health Services: Recognizing the importance of mental health, Tricare covers services addressing co-occurring disorders such as PTSD.
Ongoing Support and Aftercare: Coverage also extends to aftercare services, vital for maintaining long-term recovery and preventing relapse.
The Treatment Approach at Turning Tides
At Turning Tides Treatment Center, we employ a unique and comprehensive approach to treating veterans suffering from addiction. This approach is deeply rooted in understanding the specific needs and experiences of veterans.
Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders
Recognizing that many veterans face mental health challenges such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression alongside addiction, Turning Tides provides integrated treatment that addresses both mental health and substance abuse issues concurrently.
Our center relies on proven therapeutic methods like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to treat addiction and underlying mental health disorders. These therapies are tailored to help veterans develop coping mechanisms, process traumatic experiences, and establish healthier thought patterns.
Personalized Care Plans
Understanding that each veteran’s journey is unique, the treatment plans at Turning Tides are highly personalized. We take into account the individual’s military background, personal experiences, specific mental health needs, and addiction severity to craft a treatment plan that is most effective for them.
Focus on Physical Health
Our center also emphasizes the importance of physical health in recovery. This includes nutritional counseling and medical care to address any physical health issues related to addiction.
Preparing for Treatment
Preparing for treatment at Turning Tides is a crucial step in a veteran’s journey to recovery. This preparation involves several key components:
Orientation Sessions: Veterans are given orientation sessions to familiarize themselves with the treatment process, the facility, and the staff. This helps in reducing anxiety and building a comfort level with the environment.
Family Engagement: Families are encouraged to participate in the preparation process. This includes family counseling and educational sessions to help them understand the dynamics of addiction and the crucial role they can play in the recovery process. These sessions aim to create a supportive home environment that can facilitate the veteran’s journey to sobriety.
Setting Personal Goals: Veterans are encouraged to set personal recovery goals, which helps in creating a sense of purpose and direction throughout the treatment process. These goals are regularly reviewed and adjusted as necessary.
Aftercare and Continued Support
Aftercare and continued support are vital components of the recovery process at Turning Tides. This comprehensive support system includes:
Relapse Prevention Strategies: Veterans are equipped with strategies and tools to identify and manage potential triggers and stressors that may lead to relapse. This includes developing healthy coping mechanisms and lifestyle changes.
Alumni Network and Community Support: Veterans gain access to an alumni network, providing an opportunity to connect with peers who have gone through similar experiences and can offer support and guidance.
Employment and Education Assistance: Support is also provided in areas such as job search, resume building, and educational opportunities, helping veterans reintegrate into society and find purpose post-recovery.
Family Support and Counseling: Continuing support for families is available, acknowledging that recovery is an ongoing process that often involves the entire family unit.
Recover at Turning Tides
With the support of Tricare, Turning Tides makes quality treatment accessible, emphasizing holistic healing and overall well-being. If you or a loved one are a veteran struggling with addiction, reach out to Turning Tides today. Our treatment center is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for veterans to overcome addiction.
Clinically Reviewed by:
Matthew is a licensed marriage and family therapist and clinical supervisor in Orange County, California. Matthew has an extensive history working with the substance abuse and mental health population and is committed to client care with an ethical approach to treatment. Matthew utilizes a solution-focused, cognitive behavioral approach to therapy. He emphasizes the importance of creating a recovery environment which supports deep and meaningful sober connection, a system of accountability, daily structure and healthy routine, and an aftercare plan which will support continued sobriety post-treatment.