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Inside A Veterans Substance Abuse Program

By Matt Biekert on July, 25 2022


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Matt Biekert

Matt was born and raised in North Stonington, Connecticut. He has always been a close-knit family guy. When he is not working you can find him outside, playing sports, being a prankster and enjoying a great laugh. His favorite hobbies are playing golf, photography and travel. Matt had his own struggles with addiction and is very proud to share his story of recovery and his passion for the mission of Acqua. He found his way to Acqua in search of treatment – he was actually our second patient!! He was very excited to join our team on his 1 year sobriety anniversary. He likes to say that he helped open the center (as a patient) and we have never been able to get rid of him! [Editor’s note: we hope we keep him forever.] He began at Acqua by helping create a small, Alumni program, and then transitioned to Outreach and marketing, which is a natural for him because he loves to connect with people from all walks of life who are seeking help. In February 2018, Matt was promoted to Admissions Director; because he is so passionate about his work he never feels like it is a job to help guide people on the path to recovery.

Choosing the right addiction treatment center is a massive decision, with so much time, money, and a life at stake. For veterans and military families, it also means saying goodbye again – a difficult decision when they’ve already spent so much time apart. How can you know if a veterans substance abuse program is right for you? Here’s what you need to know about drug and alcohol rehab for vets.

Veterans & Substance Abuse

As a group, veterans are among the populations most susceptible to drug and alcohol abuse. Countless studies have found that they tend to struggle with substance use disorder at rates higher than those found in the general population. To understand why, one must look at the reasons for substance abuse among veterans.

We know today that addiction is a complex disease with roots in trauma and co-occurring disorders like PTSD, depression, anxiety, and more. Sadly, many vets have had more than their fair share of trauma while serving for our country. Far too many turn to drugs and alcohol in the hopes of numbing the pain and addiction is the result.

Residential Addiction Treatment for Veterans

Residential addiction treatment is where veterans can go to identify and heal the underlying causes of their addiction, so they can finally enjoy the freedom that they fought for. It all starts with a comprehensive assessment at intake. There, members of the clinical team will speak with and assess the client to determine their unique needs, goals, and challenges. The clinical team will then prepare a customized treatment plan incorporating therapies specifically designed to help that individual.

The treatment plan may include one-on-one counseling sessions with on-site therapists to explore their wounds of war in a safe environment and at a safe pace. In group therapy, they’ll learn to reconnect with civilians and veterans alike. Innovative treatments like EMDR (eye movement deprogramming and reprocessing) can help them find freedom from their demons like PTSD once and for all.

Experiential Therapies for Veterans

At the same time, “leisure activities” and experiential therapies are just as vital to each individual’s recovery. Activities like fly fishing, hiking, yoga, or gym time reintroduce the simple pleasures of life and help clients begin to picture a life without drugs and alcohol. They’ll discover new passions, renew their love for old ones, and build lifelong friendships with the other people in early recovery who are finding their way alongside them.

Nutrition for Recovery

Every day, clients are treated to health meals and snacks the likes of which they certainly never saw in the military. Our on-site nutrition for recovery team utilizes the latest in nutrition science to develop menus that are as healing as they are delicious. In residential addiction treatment, each client is supported in their recovery at every level – even on a cellular level!

Paying for Rehab for Veterans

The VA isn’t your only option when it comes to substance abuse programs for veterans. Although it may be a good place to start, you might find that you can access better treatment sooner by going private. Acqua Recovery is proud to be in network with TRICARE, TRICARE East, TriWest, and Humana Military, making our substance abuse program for veterans affordable for veterans and their families.

Do you think that addiction treatment for veterans could be right for you or a loved one? Call our caring admissions team. Many are alumni of Acqua and can share their firsthand experience at our sanctuary for healing.


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How to Help a Veteran Find Freedom from Addiction

How to Help a Veteran Find Freedom from Addiction

The friends and family of America’s vets understand all too well what it feels like to be consumed with worry and fear for your loved one. When addiction is the foe your vet is facing, it’s even more painful. Addiction is a cunning, baffling, and powerful adversary. Luckily, no one has to face addiction alone – and that includes military families and the loved ones of vets.

Helping a veteran find freedom from addiction is possible for anyone, and it may be even easier than you think.