- Getting help is as easy as picking up the phone.
- We will answer all your questions and provide an assessment.
- We will help arrange for you to come to the program and begin recovery.
Veteran Alcohol & Drug Rehab
A New Approach Treating Military Trauma & Addiction
Process what you’ve been through with someone that understands what it means to serve and knows how to live in peace after seeing the horrors that go on in this world.
Why choose a specialized military program?
Veterans are a special breed. We’re driven to do extraordinary things in incredibly stressful situations because we’re passionate about doing what most aren’t willing to do: protect and serve at all costs.
We're exposed to trauma others can't fathom.
We push ourselves beyond traditional limits and put our minds at risk. The physical and emotional demands of combat change us forever. At a very core level, we are different. We respond by selflessly grinding to the next deployment with little regard for how our experiences are affecting us.
JourneyPure really does make you feel less alone in what you're going through. Like you don't have to pretend to be okay anymore. They're there to support you no matter what.
Inaction is not an option.
Many times, we don’t feel the effects of a career full of trauma until it’s over. Suicide and addiction occur at staggering rates. On average, 20 veterans die by suicide every day. The cause is two-fold – a stigma that keeps many from seeking help, coupled with the inability to appropriately treat post-traumatic stress disorder.
I was going to lose everything. I was going to lose myself. JourneyPure knew the pain I was going through, and they knew how to solve it.
Traditional programs don't understand.
Most clinicians don’t understand the culture of those who have lived for months and years out on the battlefield. The directors of our military program entered this field with a passion to close the gap between traditional treatment and the veteran story in a way that they never experienced in their own PTSD treatment.
My mind is finally quiet. I’m able to be happy now. Not for any particular reason, I’m just happy now. That's all thanks to JourneyPure.
Veteran Alcohol & Drug Rehab Program Directors
Natasha W. Daniels
Director of Military Operations
- Veteran (Air Force)
- 12 years in the field
- Loved One In Recovery
- Physician Assistant
- Veteran (Air Force)
- 22 years in the field
Director of Military Operations
- Veteran (Marines)
- 7 years in the field
- Loved One In Recovery
- Veteran (Army)
- 3 years in the field
- In Recovery
- The first step is getting drugs and alcohol out of your body to stop the physical dependence. Don’t worry, it’s not like doing it on your own. We’re here to help.
- Then, medications can help rebalance your brain at the chemical level – whether it’s an anti-cravings like Vivitrol for addiction or treating an underlying issue like an antidepressant.
- PTSD is treated with exposure therapy. You reprocess traumatic memories in a controlled environment to change the feelings attached to these memories and reduce their power.
- We’re the only rehab in the country testing virtual reality exposure therapy. VR technology re-creates traumatic experiences to reposition those memories.
- An important benefit of a military program is being surrounded by people that understand your experiences. It allows you to open up, feel understood and take the advice seriously.
- You need to feel like you’re understood, to remember you’re not alone. All of us come back with issues. And, it might not be related to the killing part.
- Even though we’re all veterans, we have different underlying triggers and issues. We handle things differently.
- Some need couples counseling, others need career counseling to reintegrate back into civilian life.
- We do what it takes to get you well. We create a plan just for you. We are there for you.
A Visual Breakdown of Treatment Here
Intensive Trauma Therapy
Virtual Reality (VR) Reprocessing Therapy
Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)
Medical & Medications
Anti-Craving Medications (ie. Vivitrol)
Dual-Diagnosis Medications (ie. Antidepressants)
Individual & Group Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Rehab for Veterans FAQ
Why can’t I just deal with this on my own?
If you could stop on your own, you wouldn’t be reading this website right now. You’re here because you’ve said “this is the last time” more times than you can remember.
It’s not you’re fault that you can’t do it on your own. It’s not a matter of strength. You have a disease. Just like any other disease, it needs treatment (or it will get worse). The question you should be asking yourself is “why can’t I just ask for help?”
How do I talk to my spouse/family about going to rehab?
We like to think no one notices, but the people we love are worried about our addiction long before we want to admit it. Being honest is your best play.
You’re on this website, so you’ve already taken steps to research treatment options. That’s great! Families may not know what to do when you tell them. Having the solution lined up will make the conversation even smoother. All they want is to see you get well.
You’re very unlikely to be met with the judgment or negativity that you’re worried about. In fact, relationships thrive with open communication. Stop worrying about what it might be like and start talking. You’ll feel relieved and more likely to commit to getting the help you need.
Won't people judge me?
Honestly, people are judging you now – when you’re high thinking you’re acting normal or too hungover to show up. Just because you’re not facing the problem doesn’t stop others from feeling suspicion and worry.
The good news is that addiction doesn’t have to define you. In fact, recovery redefines who you are and helps you get to where you want to be. There are so many successful and amazing people living in recovery. You just don’t know it because it’s their personality or career that you know of, not their addiction.
What if I’m on active duty?
You absolutely should self-report before it ends up on the Commander’s Blotter Report. Addiction never stays secret forever. The people you work with every day will notice if they haven’t already.
Many active-duty members fear that if they self-report they may be discharged from the military. This is completely inaccurate. In fact, JourneyPure has a contract with many military bases, which aid in rehabilitating active duty members and discharging them back to active duty.
What happens if I fail a military drug test?
The U.S. Military has a zero-tolerance policy regarding illicit drug use. Anyone who fails a drug test could face dishonorable discharge as well as criminal prosecution.
Commanding officers are required to refer anyone suspected of substance abuse to their branch’s substance abuse program for an assessment. The military offers substance abuse treatment for active-duty members, covered by TRICARE. But, this does not prevent discharge or prosecution.
In addition to getting kicked out, you can also lose your VA benefits. Getting caught with drugs while in the military almost always results in general, OTH, or dishonorable discharge, which means you lose some or all of your benefits.
- General Discharge – You retain health benefits, but lose some education benefits
- Other than Honorable (OTH) Discharge – No benefits
- Dishonorable Discharge – No benefits
Can addiction treatment help with PTSD?
Substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms fuel each other. Many veterans start abusing substances to self-medicate from trauma. However, drugs and alcohol can amplify the effects of PTSD. This creates a cycle is extremely difficult to escape.
Addiction treatment helps with PTSD symptoms because it breaks the cycle. However, treating the addiction is not the same as treating the underlying condition of PTSD. For lasting success, both conditions must be addressed during treatment.
What is the best kind of treatment for veterans?
The best programs for veterans have the following things in common:
- The program is specifically designed to treat veterans and active-duty military.
- They help individuals identify trauma and heal from post-traumatic stress
- Incorporate life skills that help veterans reintegrate into society
- Have veterans in recovery on staff
Two therapies have shown a lot of promise in treating PTSD and addiction in veterans: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). The most comprehensive veteran programs, like JourneyPure, offer both therapies.
The Flagship Veterans Rehab Center is in Panama City
What Happens now?
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