A while ago we announced our partnership with TRICARE insurance that would make it easier for military members, veterans, and their families to receive treatment for substance abuse addiction with whatever plan they have. While having your treatment costs covered by TRICARE is great, it’s just one part of the recovery journey. Going to a drug treatment center that understands the challenges that military members and veterans face is key to success. Learn more about how Rally Point can help you or someone you love get the right treatment for their needs.
The Importance of Identifying and Treating Co-Occurring Disorders
A ‘co-occuring disorder’ is when someone has a substance use disorder (SUD) as well as a mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A client can be described as having co-occurring disorders when at least one disorder of each type can be established independent of the other and is not simply a cluster of symptoms resulting from another disorder. Co-occurring disorders happen because people often try to cope with their PTSD, depression, etc. by drinking or taking drugs.
In fact, studies show that there is a strong relationship between PTSD and SUD, in both civilian and military populations, as well as for both men and women.
- More than 2 of 10 veterans with PTSD also have SUD.
- War veterans with PTSD and alcohol problems tend to be binge drinkers. Binges may be in response to bad memories of combat trauma.
- Almost 1 out of every 3 veterans seeking treatment for SUD also has PTSD.
- 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).
- In the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, about 1 in 10 returning soldiers seen in VA have a problem with alcohol or other drugs.
It’s important to find a veteran rehab center that not only understands co-occurring disorders but is also trained in treating them.
Trauma-Informed Care and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Rally Point
All of our staff has been trained in trauma-informed care (TIC) which is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. TIC also emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both clients and behavioral health providers, and helps clients rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.
In addition to TIC, we also use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to co-treat PTSD and substance abuse addiction. CBT focuses on the relationship among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; targets current problems and symptoms; and focuses on changing patterns of behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that lead to difficulties in functioning. Altering unhelpful thinking can lead to healthier behaviors and improved emotion regulation.
For example, a counselor who uses CBT may encourage the client to re-evaluate his thinking patterns and assumptions in order to identify unhelpful patterns (often termed “distortions”) in thoughts, such as overgeneralizing bad outcomes, negative thinking that diminishes positive thinking, and always expecting catastrophic outcomes, to more balanced and effective thinking patterns. Doing these things can help the client reconceptualize his understanding of traumatic experiences, as well as his understanding of himself and his ability to cope.
Benefits of a Male-Only Rehab Facility
We’re a male-only facility because gender-specific treatment program offers several advantages over mixed-gender programs.
- Statistics show a better success rate for gender-specific programs
- Fewer distractions in treatment (i.e. sexual attractions and relationships) allow for more focus and concentration
- Better communication as some patients will share more openly with members of the same sex
- Male-only programs allow us to concentrate only on the unique experiences and issues that affect men
- Bonding tends to be stronger among same sex groups (e.g. male-bonding, brotherhood, etc.)
We’ve found that having a support system and fewer distractions helps veterans focus on their addiction and PTSD treatment. When you come to our alcohol and drug treatment center in West Palm Beach, you’ll be in a safe and welcoming community away from the people, places, and things that can trigger a relapse. Call us or email us today to get started on your personalized treatment plan!