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Choosing the Right Drug or Alcohol Rehab for Veterans

By Acqua Recovery on June, 12 2022

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Choosing to enter addiction treatment is a life-changing decision – and one that comes with a lot of financial and personal risk. With so much at stake, how can you know if you’re making the right decision for yourself and for your family? What’s more, if you or your loved one is a veteran, how can you be sure that you’re choosing a program attuned to veterans’ unique needs? Choosing an addiction treatment program may be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be difficult with these tips.

Choosing the Right Rehab: How to Know You Need Rehab

The first step in choosing an addiction treatment program is deciding whether you need treatment at all. It is possible to quit drugs or alcohol without outside help – although it certainly isn’t easy and doesn’t always last. How do you know if you could benefit from professional addiction treatment? 

First, have you tried and failed to quit drinking or using before? Or, have you tried to cut back or change your habits unsuccessfully? If so, you might already know deep down that you can’t tackle this alone. 

In some cases, going it solo can be dangerous – and even life-threatening. Withdrawal from alcohol, benzodiazepines, and some other substances can cause heart attack, coma, and even death. Medical management of detox is a necessary step for anyone who has been misusing substances that cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms.

At the same time, professional detox can make the process of getting clean and sober as comfortable as possible. It also makes it much more likely that it will stick: Having a 24/7 support team in place often gives people the strength they need to pull through.

From there, addiction treatment actually accomplishes two joint purposes: Helping patients to build time in recovery while also healing the underlying emotional wounds or mental health disorders that may have caused them to abuse substances in the first place. In professional addiction treatment, an entire team works together to build a powerful plan of recovery for each individual client.

Choosing the Right Rehab: Types of Addiction Treatment

That said, there are several different types of addiction treatment to meet each individual’s needs. Residential addiction treatment offers the most comprehensive treatment and the most robust 24/7 support. There are, however, other options like IOP (intensive outpatient programs), PHP (partial hospitalization programs), or outpatient programs that may be an option for people whose patterns of misuse are not as serious. While some people start at residential addiction treatment and step down to IOP, others may find IOP an appropriate beginning to their journey.

Choosing the Right Rehab: Addiction Treatment for Veterans

Of course, veterans have unique emotional wounds and unique needs. Some addiction treatment programs offer specialized programming intended to help vets heal. At Acqua Recovery, for example, we’re proud to have helped countless veterans find renewal in our sanctuary for healing – both from addiction and from mental health issues like depression or PTSD. Innovative addiction treatment techniques like EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprogramming) have been proven to be successful in the treatment of PTSD in particular.

Choosing the Right Rehab: Paying for Rehab

In addition, Acqua is proud to be in network with TRICARE, TRIWEST, and TRICARE East, making it easy for veterans to afford professional addiction treatment. Simply call our admissions team to verify your benefits, ensuring that you’ll have a clear understanding up front of what addiction treatment will cost and how much your insurance will cover. We'll even work with the VA to make sure you can get the treatment that you need.

Get Started with Rehab

For more tips on all of these topics and answers to any other questions you may have, call our admissions team. They’ll listen to your story and offer caring professional opinions on the kind of addiction treatment that could work for you – even if it isn’t at Acqua Recovery. We’re proud of our program and how it’s helped people transform their lives. It’s your life and your decision. Are you ready to make it?

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A Veterans Guide to Addiction Treatment

This is the land of the free because of the brave. However, bravery comes with a price. Too often, the very ones who fight for our country are left with deep physical and emotional scars that seem impossible to heal. Among those is the disease of addiction.

If you are a veteran struggling with addiction or have a loved one who is, you are not alone. Even if it doesn’t seem like there is a way out, recovery from substance use disorder is possible for anyone and we are committed to giving our veterans the support and tools they need to find it.