May is Military Appreciation Month. To honor this month, the Desert Hope Treatment Center is helping veterans who have had hardships with drugs, alcohol, or mental health issues.
This treatment center is an American Addiction Centers provides a range of health services. With the new “Salute to Recovery” program, Desert Hope has specially designed a course of action to help veterans in their time of need. One of their challenges is to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The first step to recovery is for the veteran to reach out for help. Often pride gets in the way. Some veterans find it hard to expose their feelings due to the fact the nation sees them as a person of admiration. In a recent study, American Addiction Centers found a few interesting points. Read more: American Addiction Center Reviews | Glassdoor and American Addiction Centers | Crunchbase
For example, only half of the returning servicemen who need help to look for treatment. The study also found that Vietnam War veterans have a high probability of alcohol abuse. The result of this study was that 4 out of 5 veterans have either a mental or physical problem stemming from their time in serving our country.
Desert Hope Treatment Center is an authorized provider through the Veterans Administration, which means that some services may be covered. Patients may find it reassuring that some of the personnel here are former servicemembers. Much of their time will be in therapy sessions where patients are in a group which can build a trusting relationship while breaking down barriers that can inhibit the healing process.
With the “Salute to Recovery “program, patients learn about their condition and develop skills that enable them to rebuild their life. The road to healing includes programs called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.
Narrative therapy is a form of behavior modification that helps people identify their values and the skills and acknowledge them, so they can effectively confront their problems. If trauma is involved the psychotherapy treatment, “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing” (EMDR) can be administered.
We applaud these service members for serving our country and for pursuing help in their time of need; this is our chance to serve them.
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