ADDICTION AND CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY REHAB FOR MILITARY VETERANS
returning home from combat and military deployment cope with psychological and
emotional trauma of battlefield experiences. The physical and mental stress of
serving in the armed forces expose veterans to a high risk of substance use
disorder, or SUD. Physical injuries, combat exposure, psychological trauma and
prolonged separation from loved ones take a severe toll on the body and mind.
also often struggle with the psychological aftermath of combat, carrying
invisible mental and emotional wounds that have profound effects on their lives.
Months and even years after witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event, a
soldier may re-experience the event, in the form of flashbacks, intrusive
(unbidden) memories, and nightmares; this may be enough to disrupt sleep or
cause significant impairment in daily life Emotionally and behaviorally avoid
activities that are reminiscent of the traumatic event; the avoidance may be
instinctive and compulsive, and may cause disruptions to daily life; be
constantly tense and alert; the soldier may scare easily, overreact to neutral
stimuli, be difficult to live with, and not be able to sleep at night because of
veterans come home suffering from a variety of combat-induced mental disorders,
including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety
disorder. Three in four veterans report PTSD as a service-connected ailment,
according to the Wounded Warrior Project. PTSD is debilitating anxiety caused by
a exposure to a traumatic event or repeated exposure to trauma. Living through a
difficult time can be traumatic and cause severe anxiety, and many veterans find
themselves turning to drugs and alcohol to experience some relief. Some symptoms
of PTSD include: Flashbacks, Memory problems, Low sense of self-worth,
Hopelessness, Trouble sleeping, Relationship problems, Aggression. Other risk
factors for addiction among veterans include insomnia (or other disruptions of
regular, normal sleeping patterns), traumatic brain injuries (where the head is
impacted so violently that the brain is pushed up against the skull, causing
damage to nerve fibers), and problems in relationships.
time with friends and family, participating in hobbies, and aiming to achieve
personal goals are abandoned. The drugs and alcohol go from being the primary
method to being the only method of protecting oneself against the emotional
numbness and intrinsic fear caused by post-traumatic stress disorder. The
effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and
combat-related substance abuse can strike at the heart of even the tightest knit
with PTSD are often prescribed anxiety medications, some of which are highly
addictive. To curb the risk of addiction, some doctors prescribe non-addictive
antidepressant medications such as Paxil or Zoloft. Even veterans without PTSD
can become addicted to painkillers prescribed for combat-related injuries.
turn to controlled substances as a way of protecting themselves against the
emotional and psychological toll of PTSD, the soldier eventually relies on the
substances to simply make it from one day to the next. Common addictive
medications prescribed to veterans include: Painkillers (Lortab, Vicodin,
OxyContin); Benzodiazepines (Ativan, Valium, Xanax); and Sedatives (Ambien,
Lunesta). Veterans taking these drugs may develop a dependence on them. As time
goes on, veterans may spiral into full-blown addiction, which is characterized
by compulsive drug-seeking behavior. Many veterans self-medicate by turning to
alcohol or controlled substances (Alcoholism, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Heroin,
Fentanyl, Marijuana, and Meth) and the human cost is staggering. The abuse of
prescribed painkillers and medication (Prescription Drugs include: Suboxone,
Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium, Ambien, Morphine, and Ritalin) increased at a
rate that is double that of the civilian population.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 7
percent of veterans developed a substance use disorder. The White House Office
of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) writes that service members deployed to
Iraq and Afghanistan face the risk of problems stemming from compulsive abuse of
controlled substances. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) writes that
alcohol and drug abuse is strongly associated with exposure to scenes of
violence in combat that make individual soldiers deeply afraid for their
personal safety and well being. The American Medical Association (JAMA)
published results showing that between 12-15 percent of soldiers tested positive
for alcohol problems and over 50 percent of veterans engaged in binge drinking.
awareness of the psychological and psychosocial needs of military veterans
grows, the VA is becoming more responsive to veteransí needs. All VA medical
centers operate a Substance Use Disorders (SUD) specialty care program to help
veterans recover from drug or alcohol dependence. The Marine Corps Community
Servicesí (MCCS) Substance Abuse Program provides outpatient care and
intensive rehabilitation for active-duty Marines who suffer from substance use
disorders. The Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) provides counseling,
education and rehabilitation services for active military personnel. Active-duty
sailors can get support and education from the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Prevention program (NADAP).
are a complete, private, inpatient treatment center and drug rehab for veterans
and active members from the Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force. We provide
private treatment for chemical dependency (such as alcoholism and/or drug abuse)
and co-occurring psychological disorders relating to PTSD (post-traumatic stress
disorder) or the psychological effects of TBI (traumatic brain injury).
you need help moderating your drinking or you have a life-threatening addiction
to illicit drugs, support is available to help you get healthy and get back on
track with your life. We are not just concerned with addiction, we also
addresses the underlying motivators for alcohol and drug abuse, such as:
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety, Relationship
problems, Lack of sleep, Combat stress. We help veterans cope with PTSD,
depression and anger as they recover from substance abuse or drug dependence.
you or a loved one are dealing with chemical dependency, need help with
substance abuse treatment, or are seeking PTSD therapy, contact the California
Palms so we can begin the healing process. The Palms was formerly a full-service
hotel in Austintown Ohio. After losing two brothers to addiction, the owner
converted the luxury hotel, to the California Palms Addiction Recovery Campus.
Palms provides the best possible environment for recovery. Each room has a
private bathroom, a 50-inch flat screen TV with DVR and access to cable. Indoor
amenities include a full-service gourmet restaurant, exercise rooms, billiards
room, theater room, band stage, multiple community and group rooms and a 40
person hot-tub spa for aqua therapy. Outdoor amenities including an
amphitheater, sand volleyball court, torch-lit patios, beach sand area, gazebo
and nearby walking/bike trail.
Palms multi-disciplinary team of state licensed behavioral health professionals
hold masters degrees and are mainly veterans with personal addiction recovery
experience. We provide a variety of individual and group sessions relevant to
addiction, mental health, life skills, vocational goals and positive thinking.
We focus on evidence-based psychosocial interventions depending on the level of
addiction and level of care, intensity, and focus of treatment. We also
incorporate physical fitness programs in our group sessions each day with Tae
Kwon Do, Tai Chi, yoga, boxing, strength training, water aerobics and moving
meditation. We also incorporate family reunification into recovery in a
welcoming fun environment.
Palms focuses on evidence-based psychosocial interventions and use the
evidence-based approach for treating veterans developed by SAMHSA in its manual
Substance Abuse Treatment For Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders. We also are
guided by the evidence-based VA Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management
of Patients with SUD. The Palms also use the most recent Patient Placement
Criteria of the American Society of Addiction Medicine that define residential
levels of care, admission criteria, staffing models, assessment dimensions,
intensity, focus of treatment services, and treatment review guidelines. The
Palms includes PTSD therapy in its program, with individual counseling and a
veteran garden program by neurologist Holly Magiano, M.D. The Palms is also
developing a PTSD therapy dog program, equine therapy program, and building a
sensory deprivation tank.
the Palms we divide therapy into eight segments: (1) providing quality addiction
therapy with sustainable results, (2) providing long-term mental health
treatment, (3) providing vocational assistance to get the veteran back to
productive work, (4) integrating family into recovery, (5) incorporating peer
support into recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Narcotics
Anonymous and Smart Recovery, (6) making recovery sustainable, through physical
fitness and good nutrition, (7) indoctrinating positive affirmations, and
self-esteem into recovery, and (8) providing sustainable aftercare through
connectivity with the Palms staff and facility.
Palms is a place where veterans can celebrate recovery together in a trusting,
comfortable, safe and sober environment. Once a VA doctor diagnoses a veteran
with substance use disorders and/or mental health issues, if inpatient treatment
is unavailable at the VA within 30 days the Veterans Choice Program allows the
veteran to choose our facility. The Veterans Choice phone number is
deserve good, real and evidenced based therapy that will show positive outcomes.
They deserve a treatment center where they can be with only military persons.
They deserve to have a choice of where they want to go to treatment, just like
non military people do. They deserve the best and that's what California Palms
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