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Trauma and substance abuse impact millions of Americans from all walks of life, and PTSD and substance use disorders (SUD) frequently co-occur. Military personnel often face dangerous and frightening situations that include a threat of death, physical harm, or mental harm. Consequently, their risk of developing mental health conditions, including substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, and PTSD, is significantly higher than the civilian population. a military member bonds with his children after recovering from trauma treatment

At Harmony Hills, we recognize the need to provide comprehensive care to the brave men and women who defend our nation. We offer mental health treatment programs, such as our Heroes Program, designed to meet the specific and unique needs of active and veteran military personnel and their families. Call us at 855.494.0357 to learn more about substance abuse and trauma treatment for military officers.

The Importance of Substance Abuse Treatment for Military Members

Many people who enter into military service already have issues with substance abuse, which become compounded by the trauma associated with their military experiences. Substances commonly abused by active duty servicemen and women include alcohol, tobacco, prescription medications, and illicit drugs.

Illicit drug use within the military occurs at lower rates than the general population, mainly for fear of being dishonorably discharged, but it does happen. The rates of binge drinking within the military far exceed that of the civilian population. Substance use disorders (SUD) can significantly impact the ability of active-duty military personnel to perform their duties, affecting their safety and the safety of others.

While a significant portion of active duty service members experiences SUD, many do not seek treatment because of stigma, access to care, or lack of knowledge about SUD. Signs of the need for substance abuse treatment can include:

  • Work performance issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Mood disturbances
  • Violent behaviors, including physical or sexual assault
  • Frequent or unexplained injuries
  • Substance-use-related legal issues
  • Deterioration of physical appearance
  • Engaging in risk-taking behaviors while under the influence
  • Exhibiting withdrawal symptoms
  • Continued drug or alcohol use despite negative consequences

Military leaders need to know the signs and symptoms of substance use disorders and how to guide service members to seek the treatment they need.

What to Expect from Addiction Treatment for Military Members

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, 27% of service members in treatment for PTSD have co-occurring substance use disorders. While either of these conditions can develop first, both worsen the other. The high rates of co-occurring SUD and PTSD are widely attributed to the self-medication hypothesis. This theory states that individuals use the tranquilizing, sedating, or mind-altering effects of drugs and alcohol to escape from or numb their PTSD symptoms.

Addiction treatment for military members helps them work through trauma in a safe, supportive environment and provides the tools needed to cope with PTSD without reliance on drugs or alcohol. At Harmony Hills, current and former military service members have access to programs and services, including:

  • Medical detox
  • Residential treatment
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Relapse prevention services
  • Aftercare

Some of the therapies available include:

  • Trauma therapy
  • Anger management therapy
  • Family therapy
  • EMDR therapy
  • Somatic bodywork
  • Group therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

Co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders affect everyone differently. Therefore, we provide highly individualized, person-centered therapy utilizing the most effective evidence-based and holistic treatment modalities.

Find Treatment for Trauma and Substance Abuse in Active Military Personnel at Harmony Hills

Harmony Hills provides comprehensive co-occurring treatment for trauma and substance abuse in active military members. Residential treatment provides a supportive therapeutic environment with 24-hour access to care without daily life stressors. In addition to trauma and substance abuse, we offer treatment for:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Self-harm or self-injurious behavior
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicide prevention
  • Personality disorders

Here, military members have access to a community of peers who can relate to their experiences on a meaningful level. Family members can also receive education and support to help manage the impacts of PTSD and SUD on their lives. Find the treatment you deserve at Harmony Hills. Our team is available 24/7. Call 855.494.0357 to learn more, or fill out our online form and let us get back to you.