If you’re a military veteran in Bradford, FL who is struggling with substance abuse, you’re not alone. Many of your fellow veterans are going through the same thing as you due to trauma like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other hardships. In this article, we’ll delve into the growing trend of substance abuse and addiction among veterans, why veterans are vulnerable to alcohol and prescription drug abuse, and how veterans in Bradford, FL can obtain addiction treatment that best meet their needs.
Table of Contents
- 1 Behind The Rising Addiction Rates Among Military Veterans
- 2 The Military’s Prescription Drug and Alcohol Problem
- 3 Veteran Rehab Treatments In Bradford, Florida
- 4 Determining Your Alcohol and Drug Rehab Costs
- 5 Using Tricare Insurance For Veteran Alcohol and Drug Programs
- 6 How To Find Rehabs For Veterans
- 7 Our Veteran Alcohol and Drug Rehab
Behind The Rising Addiction Rates Among Military Veterans
Military veterans often avoid receiving treatment due to stigma, shame, and fear of repercussions. Although military service members have a lower rate of illicit drug use compared to civilians, they have higher rates of abusing alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs due to the unique physical, emotional, and mental challenges they face. PTSD and substance use disorder (SUD), in particular, are prominent among services members and veterans. According to the VA, over 11 percent of veterans who have seen combat experience PTSD.¹
Statistics from the VA²:
- 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 typically connected to one another which is why it’s crucial that alcohol and drug rehabs for veterans are able to treat co-occurring disorders.
The Military’s Prescription Drug and Alcohol Problem
Military service members have higher rates of prescription drug abuse and alcohol use compared to civilians. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states on its website that 11 percent of service members reported misusing prescription drugs in 2008, up from 2 percent in 2002 and 4 percent in 2005.³ Most of the prescription drugs that are misused by service members are opioid pain medications.
Some possible reasons behind the rise in prescription drug abuse in part due to the greater availability of these medications, increases in prescriptions, combat-related injuries, and the physical strain of moving and carrying heavy equipment during multiple deployments.
Alcohol rates are increasing too – about 47 percent of active duty service members reported binge drinking in 2008, 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 increased to 27 percent for those with high combat exposure.
The Institute of Medicine(IOM Report) issued a report in 2012 for the Department of Defense with recommendations to address service members’ substance abuse:
- 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 mentions that to address substance abuse, it will require the military to increase confidentiality and shift its culture of stigma and fear in order to encourage more service members to seek treatment.
Veteran Rehab Treatments In Bradford, Florida
There are a variety of rehab treatment options for veterans. Below is a list from most to least intensive treatments:
- Detoxification: Helps you with the management of withdrawal symptoms or detoxification and may be appropriate if you’re 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: If you have a significant impairment that interferes with normal functioning and you’re unable to function in the community with solely outpatient services. With residential treatment, you may not need 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 if you have a significant impairment from substance abuse that interferes with normal functioning. PHP is often the next step after you’ve gone through detoxification, residential treatment, or if you’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 you typically reside in a recovery residence for additional support.
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): For veterans that have a substance abuse disorder who need stabilization, symptom reduction, or prevention of relapse. Veterans 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 you may reside in a recovery residence for added support or live at home.
- Outpatient (OP): Outpatient treatment includes individual, family, or group psychotherapy. You can transition to OP after completing a higher level of care like PHP or IOP.
Check with prospective rehabs to see if they’re able to treat co-occurring disorders (like PTSD, SUD, depression, anxiety, etc.) and offer effective treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy. You should also ask if the rehab’s staff is trained in “trauma-informed care” which is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.
Determining Your Alcohol and Drug Rehab Costs
How much your rehab will cost will vary depending on the type of treatment services you receive, where you go, and how much insurance covers. Insurance coverage for rehab has improved over the years and more rehabs are also offering financing options and may even give military discounts. It’s totally understandable to be concerned about how much rehab will cost and how you’ll pay for it but you shouldn’t let it stop you from entering into rehab, especially since there are many options available.
Like rehab costs, the duration of the treatment program will also vary depending on the pre-assessment, level of care required, type of therapy, and other factors. When you call or meet with us, we’ll discuss the rehab program options that will best suit you or a family member’s treatment needs.
Using Tricare Insurance For Veteran Alcohol and Drug Programs
Tricare insurance covers a lot of the treatment options but its coverage does contain limits on the type and duration of rehab services that will be fully funded. You may have all of your treatment expenses covered but it’s also possible that you’ll have to cover some of the rehab costs. Please contact us to confirm what treatment services Tricare will cover at our veteran rehab program at Rally Point. All we will need is to collect some 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 To Find Rehabs For Veterans
To find rehabs that specialize in treating veterans, you can:
- Ask for a recommendation from a family doctor or other medical professional
- Contact Tricare for in-network providers and out-of-network options
- Browse the VA’s online directories for PTSD and SUD programs
- Check out the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers’ directory or the accredited providers listed on CARF International and The Joint Commission websites
Whether you receive a recommendation or find a rehab online, you should always do thorough research, read reviews, and if possible, schedule an in-person tour or meeting. Additionally, be careful if you come across commercial directories, generic or vague websites, ads offering free treatment placement, websites that offer unsolicited referrals, or unverifiable rankings because not all rehabs are reputable.
Our Veteran Alcohol and Drug Rehab
Rally Point is a proud partner of Tricare insurance to better serve those who have served us. Our alcohol and drug rehab is a state licensed and Joint Commission accredited facility located several hours south of Bradford, FL in Palm Beach, FL. There are numerous benefits to receiving addiction treatment away from home. First, you’ll find there are fewer distractions, therefore, making it easier to focus on yourself. Second, it’ll put distance between you and the people, places, and things that can trigger a relapse.
Our staff is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-informed care, co-occurring disorders treatment, and more. In addition to having a highly trained staff, several of our staff members are veterans which allows us to connect with our veteran clients and provide a sense of community. Contact us on our 24/7 confidential hotline at (888) 797-2559 or take our online assessment to get started on your personalized rehab 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.