Addiction Treatment for Military Members

When a military service member returns home from his or her deployment, even when it’s a stint in an undisputed part of the world, he or she is at risk of developing physical and mental health issues as a result of their experiences. Some might call this “just part of the job,” but the development of such issues can have dangerous, even fatal, consequences. JourneyPure Paducah is proud to accept and treats patients with TRICARE plans. Continue reading to find out if JourneyPure Paducah’s military-specific addiction and mental health treatments are right for you or your loved one.

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Addiction and Mental Health Among Military Personnel

Because of their wartime experiences, some veterans and active-duty military personnel find themselves living with the symptoms of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues.

These issues can increase a person’s vulnerability to alcoholism and substance use disorder since substance use disorders occur more frequently among those who have experienced trauma or serious stress.

One study of almost 600 veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan found that nearly 40 percent screened positive for probable alcohol abuse.

And while the opioid epidemic has taken hold to a lesser degree in the military population than it has in the U.S. overall, veterans have been a part of the rise of opioid abuse, since many were prescribed highly addictive opioid-based painkillers for their physical injuries.

The risk factors of alcoholism and substance use disorder are no secret. From physical issues like liver failure and the risk of fatal overdose to the risk of suicide and self-injury to the toll such an issue can take on the user’s loved ones, alcoholism and substance use disorder are destructive forces practically by definition.

Family Problems

A substance use disorder can wreak havoc on the family, leading to a sense of isolation and resentment on the part of the addict and feelings of hopelessness among loved ones. Family members of individuals in the military can experience their own mental health issues as a result of their loved ones’ involvement in the service or of their mental health issues after coming home.

JourneyPure Paducah addresses this dynamic with a family-centric treatment approach for patients with family issues.

JourneyPure’s Military-Specific Addiction Treatment

Veterans looking for treatment for their substance use and mental health issues tend to have more options for treatment than the average civilian. However, many VA healthcare facilities these days are overcrowded and underfunded, resulting in long wait times and needless red tape.

JourneyPure Paducah in part seeks to relieve the VA by offering veterans and active-duty military the same benefits as those treatment options offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, including:

  • Individual and family counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Trauma-specific treatment
  • Medications for withdrawal symptoms
  • Recreation therapy

It is not uncommon for patients suffering from a substance use disorder to also experience a mental health issue like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or PTSD. This dynamic is known as a “co-occurring disorder” and can best be addressed through dual-diagnosis treatment.

Studies suggest that people with mental health disorders are far more likely to abuse substances in order to cope. There are approximately 9 million Americans who abuse alcohol or drugs that have an undiagnosed mental health disorder. However, less than 10 percent of these people receive the dual diagnosis treatment that they need.

JourneyPure’s dual diagnosis therapy provides integrated services to address both addiction and mental health disorders simultaneously. Research shows this to be a more effective treatment program than when only one end of the spectrum is stabilized.

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JourneyPure Paducah’s treatment programs are accredited by the Joint Commission and CARF as a rehabilitation facility, providing clients with the assurance that the care they receive is in keeping with the highest treatment standards.

When a client is brought into the JourneyPure family, he or she is provided with an individualized treatment plan designed to meet his or her unique needs. With a small staff-to-patient ratio and commitment to recovery, JourneyPure provides patients with the tools needed for long-term success.

JourneyPure Paducah’s addiction and mental health treatment programs are accredited by the Joint Commission and CARF as a rehabilitation facility. Clients can rest assured knowing that the care they’re receiving is in keeping with the highest standards.

By participating in substance use and mental health treatment at JourneyPure Paducah, you will be given a second chance at the life you deserve. Call now to learn more about how our program can help you and your loved ones.