Table of Contents
- 1 Veterans’ Mental Health and Rising Addiction Rates
- 2 Prescription Drugs and Alcohol Use In The Military
- 3 Veteran Alcohol and Drug Rehabs In Brevard, Florida
- 4 Veterans Rehab Costs
- 5 Recommended Reading:
- 6 Using Tricare Insurance For Veteran Alcohol and Drug Programs
- 7 Tips For Finding A Veterans Rehabs
- 8 About Our Veteran Alcohol and Drug Rehab
Addiction can affect anyone including military veterans in Brevard, FL. Often, however, treatment is sought due to stigma, shame, and fear of repercussions. There are veterans like you are coping with trauma like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues like depression and anxiety through alcohol, prescription drugs, and smoking. In the following article, we’ll explain the role mental health plays in addiction, why substance abuse and addiction are growing among veterans, and the different ways veterans in Brevard, FL can receive addiction treatment.
Veterans’ Mental Health and Rising Addiction Rates
Illicit drug use is lower among the military population than civilians, however, service members and veterans have higher rates of abusing alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs. Service members and veterans face unique physical, emotional, and mental challenges which can result in PTSD and substance use disorder (SUD). According to the VA, over 11 percent of veterans who have seen combat experience PTSD.¹
The VA also reports that²:
- 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 two issues that are often connected with one which is why it’s crucial that alcohol and drug rehabs that serve veterans offer treatments for co-occurring disorders.
Prescription Drugs and Alcohol Use In The Military
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 Most of the prescription drugs that are misused by service members are opioid pain medications. But why is prescription drug abuse rising? Possible reasons are simply that there’s greater availability of these medications and increases in prescriptions due to combat-related injuries and the strain of carrying heavy equipment during multiple deployments.
Rates of alcohol use are also increasing. 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.
In 2012, the Institute of Medicine(IOM Report) produced a report for the Department of Defense with recommendations to address substance abuse and addiction by:
- Increasing the use of evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions
- Expanding access to care
- Broadening insurance coverage to include effective outpatient treatments
- Better equipping 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 notes that addressing substance abuse and addiction will require increasing confidentiality and shifting the military’s culture of stigma and fear so services members are more encouraged to seek treatment.
Veteran Alcohol and Drug Rehabs In Brevard, Florida
There are a variety of alcohol and drug rehabs for veterans to suit different treatment needs. Below is a list that ranges from most to least intensive treatments:
- Detoxification: Helps 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. Best for individuals who 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 individuals that have 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 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.
When searching for a veterans rehab, see if they treat co-occurring disorders (like PTSD, SUD, depression, anxiety, etc.) and offer effective treatment practices like cognitive behavioral therapy. Another important thing to look out for is if the 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.
Veterans Rehab Costs
How much your veterans rehab will cost will depend on the type of treatment services you receive, where you go, and how much your insurance will cover whether it’s fully, partially, or none. Fortunately, insurances are better nowadays about covering treatment costs and more rehabs are also offering financing options – some even give military discounts. Regardless if insurance will cover your rehab costs, don’t let it stop you from seeking treatment since there are other financial options.
The duration of the rehab 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 different rehab options to help you determine which is right for you or a family member.
Using Tricare Insurance For Veteran Alcohol and Drug Programs
Tricare insurance covers many treatment options but there are some limits on the type and duration of rehab services that will be fully funded. Tricare may cover all of your rehab costs but it’s also possible that you’ll have to cover some of it. Please contact us to confirm what treatment services Tricare will handle at Rally Point. When you provide us with information, we’ll help you determine the type, scope, and duration of treatment services that Tricare will cover for you or a family member.
TRICARE insurance plans Rally Points accepts:
- 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
Tips For Finding A Veterans Rehabs
Finding a veterans rehab can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start. Here are some tips to help you get going:
- 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
Wherever you find a veterans rehab, it’s important that you do thorough research, read reviews about the rehab, and if possible, see the facility in person. We also recommend that you be wary of 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 or provide quality services.
About Our Veteran Alcohol and Drug Rehab
To better serve those who have served us, we’ve partnered with the Tricare network to be a rehab provider. Rally Point is an alcohol and drug rehab that is state licensed and Joint Commission accredited located just hours away from Brevard, FL in Palm Beach, FL. There are a variety of benefits to traveling away from home for rehab. First, you’ll find there are fewer distractions which makes it easier to focus on treatment and recovery. Also, it distances you from the people, places, and things that can trigger a relapse.
We have a staff that is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-informed care, co-occurring disorders treatment, and more. Unlike some other rehabs, we have staff members who are veterans which help to create a sense of community and brotherhood among our clients. 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