Veterans and Substance Abuse
Recovery from a substance use disorder does not have to be an upheaval of your entire life. You can remain living at home while in a non-residential IOP rehab, getting treatment as you rebuild your personal life and transition back into your community.
Veterans have specific disorders and additional needs that many civilians do not face in their recovery, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military sexual trauma (MST) issues. At our IOP rehab center, we offer more than just physical detox and rehabilitation programs. We also combine dual diagnosis treatments, counseling, life-skills integration, and multiple types of therapy in a fully customized treatment plan for each of our patients.
What Is IOP?
IOP stands for Intensive Outpatient Program. This is a type of drug and alcohol rehab program in which you do not live inside our rehab facility in a full inpatient program, but you still receive the same quality of care through outpatient treatments. This way, you can go to work, school, or take care of your family while you receive full peer support, along with clinical care and emotional support.
Benefits of Outpatient Rehab for Alcohol and Drugs
Some of the benefits of outpatient alcohol rehab and drug rehab include:
- Flexibility in the program’s intensity and frequency, with a schedule that can fit around your life.
- Maintaining a continued connection to a sober community and program alumni.
- Having the option to live at home or in a sober living home as you access treatment.
- Being able to deal with your problems right away, and the ability to try out new recovery strategies in real-life situations, with full support from our team.
Outpatient vs. Inpatient Rehab: Which Is Right for You?
You may require inpatient rehab if you:
- Are experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms
- Need 24-hour medical care
- Unable to keep your appointments and attend groups and therapy when scheduled
- Do not have a support system or a sober-friendly place to live
Outpatient rehab is good for veterans who have completed detoxification or a residential rehab program or veterans who need help with a substance use disorder but do not currently require medical detox or residential care. If this describes you and you would most benefit from living outside a rehab facility while receiving addiction treatment, an outpatient program might be right for you.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Veterans
Many veterans may use drugs or alcohol to forget or mask symptoms of mental illness, and drinking and using drugs can exacerbate underlying mental health problems. Drugs and alcohol can hide mental illness, making it difficult to treat without professional help.
Dual diagnosis is a type of substance abuse treatment program in which mental health issues are treated simultaneously as addiction. This process is an incredibly effective treatment method for veterans because PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other psychological afflictions may stem from the same issues as drug and alcohol abuse, or they may be interconnected somehow. At WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab, we can help you break the cycle of abuse with a tailored dual diagnosis program.
Medication Assisted Treatment for Veterans With Addiction
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is a specific detox program in which you will move into our detox facility for 24-hour medical care as you detox from drugs or alcohol. Our medical team will be there to keep you safe, and they can provide prescription medications to ease discomfort and stop drug cravings. MAT programs are customized to each patient depending on which drug you are detoxing from and your level of addiction.
Outpatient Addiction Treatment for Veterans at WhiteSands
In the IOP rehab program at WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab, you will:
- Participate in groups three nights per week, for three-hour sessions
- Have individual sessions with a therapist
- Meet and have follow-up appointments with a psychiatrist
- Have continued medical care, including prescription refills
- Meet with a life-skills guide who will check in with you for a full 90 days
- Use our case management services for life skills development or help to find work
- Have the option to live in a sober residence
After IOP rehab, we offer a recovery program that lasts a lifetime and keeps you in contact with all the peers and professional caregivers you need. You will have all the support you need to transition back into your regular life, with new coping techniques and recovery tools, so you can live your life without the use of drugs or alcohol. Contact us today to learn more about dual diagnosis, IOP drug rehab for veterans, and MAT detox.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.