At Rally Point, we’ve been proud to announce our partnership with TRICARE insurance. This partnership allows us to make things even easier for clients when it comes to receiving treatment for substance abuse disorder at our facility no matter the plan they have. Having your stay covered by your TRICARE insurance can do a lot to relieve stress before the rehabilitation process begins, as insurance complications can be one of the more difficult and unfortunate aspects of seeking treatment. Luckily for veterans with TRICARE insurance, they can enroll in a program at Rally Point without stress, knowing they will have coverage.
Insurance is one part of recovery, but once it has been taken care of, there are other aspects of treatment that need to be focused on in order to ensure success in the program. Attending a rehabilitation facility that understands the needs of veterans can also help promote success in the program. Our TRICARE partnership, our understanding of veterans’ needs, and many other aspects of our treatment programs help ensure veterans get the treatment they need and the plan that works best for them.
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The Importance of Identifying and Treating Co-Occurring Disorders
Co-occurring disorders are most commonly identified as the presence of a substance abuse disorder as well as another mental health related disorder. Common mental health related examples of co-occurring disorders are depression, anxiety or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) taking place alongside a SUD (substance use disorder). Another qualifying aspect of having co-occurring disorders is that one disorder of each type (substance abuse and mental health) must be occurring independently of the other disorder(s). This means one of the disorders cannot be a group of symptoms of another disorder, they must be independently occurring. Co-occurring disorders tend to happen most often when a person tries to cope with a mental health disorder like depression or PTSD by consuming drugs or alcohol in excess.
As a matter of fact, studies have been known to show a connection between substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. This connection is present in both women and men, and the co-occurring disorders take place in both civilian and veteran populations.
- Studies have shown that over 20% of veterans who live with PTSD also have some type of substance use disorder.
- For those veterans who are dealing with a substance use disorder, those who have PTSD and also abuse alcohol are typically considered to be binge drinkers. These binges are possibly a response to vivid memories of trauma that has taken place.
- Almost a third of veterans who have substance use disorder and seek treatment are diagnosed with PTSD.
- Veterans who have PTSD tend to have higher rates of consuming nicotine. In fact, 60% of veterans surveyed who were diagnosed with PTSD smoked, whereas only 30% of those without PTSD report consuming nicotine.
- Almost 10% of the veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who reported to the VA have some type of substance use disorder, be it involving drugs or alcohol.
For veterans, it is more important than ever to find a rehabilitation treatment facility that will support not only substance abuse disorder but also other mental health related disorders. At Rally Point, we take care of both problems, as we understand they can influence each other.
Trauma-Informed Care and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Rally Point
At Rally Point, we are proud to announce that our staff has been trained in trauma-informed care. Trauma-informed care training involves teaching our staff how to identify, understand, and respond to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma-informed care puts an emphasis on the physical, psychological, and emotional safety of both our patients as well as our staff members. This type of care has been shown to help clients who need to regain their sense of empowerment and control over themselves and their lives.
Another great type of care provided at Rally Point is CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy. Used to help treat co-occurring disorders like substance abuse disorder and PTSD, the focus of cognitive behavioral therapy is to form connections between feelings, thoughts, and behaviors or actions.
Clients undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy will often be asked by therapists and counselors alike to re-evaluate his or her own thinking patterns. By looking into those patterns or assumptions, clients are able to identify what are commonly known in CBT as distortions. Distortions come in a few different forms: overgeneralizing negative outcomes, always expecting the worst outcome, and diminishing positive thinking through negative thinking are all forms of distortions. Clients will be tasked with altering their thoughts and assumptions into more positive and balanced thought patterns. This form of therapy can help clients gain a new understanding of their trauma and its influence on their life, as well as new coping skills for the future.
Like with standard insurance, Tricare coverage has many different treatment options, though it may not always cover the entirety of your stay at a rehabilitation facility. To go over what types of services Tricare will cover at Rally Point, please contact us any time. One of our dedicated staff members will collect some information and help determine the type and duration of services that Tricare will be able to cover for you.
How Long Does Treatment Last?
Treatment lengths vary, depending on insurance coverage, the pre-assessment with our staff and a number of other factors, including amenities provided, location, required care. Depending on these factors, we can work with you to find a treatment length that is ideal.
How to Find Treatment?
There are a number of different ways to determine your treatment options:
- Consult with a family physician or other medical professional and get a recommendation
- Contact Tricare for both in and out-of-network treatment options
- Browse the Veteran Affairs website for both PTSD and substance use disorder services.
- Online Resources include the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers’ directory, provider listed on CARF International and The Joint Commission websites.
Remember, these lists do not guarantee quality. Always research providers, look at the reviews, and if convenient, schedule a visit to the facility. Be wary of ads offering free treatment, unverifiable treatment center rankings, and generic websites or directories.