Many military veterans struggle with substance abuse, however, addiction treatment often isn’t sought due to stigma, shame, and fear of repercussions. Illicit drug use is lower among the military population than civilians but active military members and veterans have higher rates of abusing alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs. In the following, we’ll analyze why substance abuse is expanding among veterans, the relationship between mental health and addiction, and how veterans in Baker, FL can find addiction treatment.
Table of Contents
- 1 What’s Behind Rising Addiction Rates In Military Veterans?
- 2 VA Statistics²:
- 3 Prescription Drugs and Alcohol Use In The Military
- 4 Alcohol and Drug Rehabs For Veterans In Baker, Florida
- 5 Veterans Rehab Costs
- 6 Does Tricare Cover Addiction Treatment?
- 7 Recommended Reading:
- 8 How Long Is Treatment?
- 9 How To Find Treatment For Military Veterans?
- 10 About Our Veteran Drug Rehab Program
- 11 Sources
What’s Behind Rising Addiction Rates In Military Veterans?
As you probably know, military life is much different from civilian life. Military members encounter unique physical, emotional, and mental health issues which can include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder (SUD). Causes of PTSD among veterans is often related to combat and sexual trauma. According to VA reports, over 11 percent of veterans who have seen combat experience PTSD.¹
- More than 2 of 10 veterans with PTSD also have SUD
- Almost 1 out of every 3 veterans seeking treatment for SUD also has PTSD
- War veterans with PTSD and alcohol problems tend to be binge drinkers; binges may be in response to bad memories of combat trauma
- In the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, about 1 in 10 returning soldiers seen in VA have a problem with alcohol or other drugs
- The number of veterans who smoke (nicotine) is almost double for those with PTSD (about 6 of 10) versus those without a PTSD diagnosis (3 of 10)
PTSD and SUD are often tied together which is why you should look for veteran drug rehabs that provide treatment programs that can co-treat these issues.
Prescription Drugs and Alcohol Use In The Military
Likely due to the military’s zero-tolerance policy, military service members have low rates of illicit drug use but prescription drug abuse and alcohol use are greater among the military than civilians. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 11 percent of service members reported misusing prescription drugs in 2008, up from 2 percent in 2002 and 4 percent in 2005.³ The majority of the prescription drugs that are misused by service members are opioid pain medications.
A couple of reasons behind the increasing rate of drug abuse are due to the wider availability of these medications and increases in prescriptions. Not only that, combat-related injuries and the physical challenges from moving and carrying heavy equipment during multiple deployments are possible contributing factors.
In addition to prescription drug use, alcohol rates are increasing too. Almost half of active duty service members (47 percent) reported binge drinking in 2008 which is an increase from 35 percent in 1998. In 2008, 20 percent of military personnel reported binge drinking every week in the past month and the rate jumped to 27 percent for those with high combat exposure.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM Report) prepared a report in 2012 for the Department of Defense with recommendations to address SUD:
- Increase the use of evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions
- Expand access to care
- Broaden insurance coverage to include effective outpatient treatments
- Better equip healthcare providers to recognize and screen for substance use problems so they can refer patients to appropriate, evidence-based treatment when needed
- Measures that limit access to alcohol on bases
The IOM report also explained that addressing substance use in the military will require increasing confidentiality and shifting the military’s culture of stigmatizing and punishing services members that struggle with mental health and substance use.
Alcohol and Drug Rehabs For Veterans In Baker, Florida
There are a variety of addiction treatment options to suit different needs. Below are some common addiction treatment options for veterans:
- Detoxification: The management of withdrawal symptoms, or detoxification, may be appropriate for those experiencing acute phases of substance use withdrawal. This level of care requires the personnel and facilities of a hospital or a Substance Use Disorder Rehabilitation Facility (SUDRF).
- Residential Treatment: For individuals who have a significant impairment that interferes with normal functioning and they’re unable to function in the community with solely outpatient services. At this level of care, individuals may not require the services of a hospital full-time but may find that residential treatment centers are able to provide a more structured therapeutic environment with 24-hour services.
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): This level of care is suitable when an individual has significant impairment from substance abuse that interferes with normal functioning. PHP is often gone to after individuals go through detoxification, residential treatment, or if they’re unable to maintain a healthy lifestyle in a lower level of outpatient care. Services may be provided during the day, evening, night, or weekend and individuals usually reside in a recovery residence for added support.
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): For individuals with a substance abuse disorder who need stabilization, symptom reduction, or prevention of relapse. Individuals can transition to IOP after completing a higher level of care, like PHP, or if regular outpatient care is not appropriate. Services may be provided during the day, evening, night, or weekend and individuals may reside in a recovery residence for added support or live at home.
- Outpatient (OP): Outpatient treatment includes individual, family, or group psychotherapy. Individuals can transition to OP after completing a higher level of care like PHP or IOP.
When searching for veteran alcohol and drug rehabs, you should see if the rehab offers programs that treat co-occurring disorders (like PTSD, SUD, depression, anxiety, etc.) and whether it practices effective treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy and has staff trained in trauma-informed care.
Veterans Rehab Costs
Rehab costs will range in price depending on the treatment services, where you go, and whether your insurance will cover it fully, partially, or none. The good news is that insurances have improved over the years with their increased coverage for substance abuse and addiction treatments. Also, many alcohol and drug rehabs offer financing options and sometimes give military discounts. We understand that treatment costs is a concern but you shouldn’t let it stop you from seeking a veterans rehab.
Does Tricare Cover Addiction Treatment?
Yes! With prior authorization, Tricare covers a lot of treatment options, however, its coverage does contain limits on the type and duration of rehab services that will be fully funded. Additionally, these limits can include what forms of treatment you’re able to receive and the amount of time you can remain in treatment. Tricare may cover all expenses related to treatment for substance abuse or addiction but it’s also possible that you’ll have to cover some of your treatment costs.
To confirm what services Tricare will cover at our veteran addiction programs at Rally Point, please contact us for more information. When you call, we’ll collect certain information from you to help determine the type, scope, and duration of treatment services that Tricare will cover for you or a family member.
TRICARE insurance plans we accept:
- TRICARE Prime
- TRICARE Prime Remote
- TRICARE Prime Overseas
- TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas
- TRICARE Select
- TRICARE Select Overseas
- TRICARE For Life
- TRICARE Reserve Select
- TRICARE Retired Reserve
- TRICARE Young Adult
- US Family Health Plan
How Long Is Treatment?
The duration of the treatment will vary depending on the pre-assessment, level of care required, duration of the stay, amenities provided, and location. When you contact us, we’ll discuss the rehab program options that will best suit you or a family member’s needs.
How To Find Treatment For Military Veterans?
You can find addiction treatment services for veterans by:
- Asking a family doctor or other medical professional for a recommendation
- Contacting Tricare for in-network providers and out-of-network options
- Browsing the VA’s online directories for PTSD and SUD programs
- Checking out online resources such as the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers’ directory or the accredited providers listed on CARF International and The Joint Commission websites
While these are great places to start, they don’t necessarily guarantee quality. Whatever rehab you find, you should do thorough research, read reviews, and if possible, schedule an in-person tour or meeting. Additionally, be careful with Internet-based commercial directories, generic websites, ads offering free treatment placement, websites that offer unsolicited referrals, or unverifiable rankings.
About Our Veteran Drug Rehab Program
Rally Point is a state licensed and Joint Commission accredited alcohol and drug rehab located southeast of Baker, Florida in Palm Beach County. We have a staff that is trained in trauma-informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy, co-occurring disorders treatment, and more. Some of our staff are veterans themselves which allows us to a supportive, non-judgmental community for our veteran clients. As a TRICARE provider, we’re proud to serve those who have served us. Contact us on our 24/7 confidential hotline at (888) 797-2559 or take our online assessment to get started on your personalized treatment program.
Rally Point Palm Beach Rehab
1130 Elizabeth Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
¹ “How Common Is PTSD in Veterans?” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Accessed 14 Oct. 2018.
² “Substance Abuse in Veterans.” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Accessed 14 Oct. 2018.
³ “Substance Abuse in the Military.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. Mar. 2013.