Mental Health & Addiction Treatment for Military Members
When men and women who served overseas return home after one or more tours of duty, it is not always an easy process to transition back into civilian life – especially if a condition as serious as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, substance use disorder or depression has developed. There is no doubt that countless veterans (and even those still on the front lines) struggle with some or all of these issues. Today, eight out of every 100 U.S. veterans are diagnosed with PTSD. Back in 2012, more soldiers committed suicide than were killed in combat. And, 1 in 4 active duty members show symptoms of a mental illness. For many, these types of mental health issues were exacerbated by serving in the military, while for others, they developed in response to their service. Regardless of how one’s mental illness began, it is imperative not to forget the continued needs of those who have served the country or their families.
The family members of individuals in the military can also experience several mental health issues as a result of their loved one’s involvement in the service. For example, a mother whose son or daughter is serving on the front lines might suffer from an anxiety disorder, such as panic disorder, because of the overwhelming fear of what could happen to their child. Other family members, such as children of those who are deployed or who move frequently, can become depressed, anxious, or even act out in a violent manner.
When someone in the military is serving, it takes its toll on everyone whom he or she is connected to, which is why it is critical to not only provide the utmost quality of care for those active duty, veterans, or enlisted, but also for their families, too.
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What is the Freedom Program
The Freedom Program in Emerald Coast is a program that is focused on providing active duty, retirees, and family members with quality behavioral health care. When enrolled in the Freedom Program in Emerald Coast, clients will be provided with the tools needed to achieve sobriety and maintain it while also placing focus their physical and mental health needs.
This is a licensed program that is also accredited by the Joint Commission and CARF as a rehabilitation facility, providing clients with the assurance that the care they receive is top-of-the-line quality care that is in keeping with treatment standards.
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What Does the Freedom Program Offer?
The Freedom Program in Emerald Coast is ready to help clients in any capacity that they need. Not only does the Freedom Program offer medical detoxification, but it also offers residential rehab, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programming, outpatient treatment, and medication-assisted therapy. When a client is placed into one of these treatment tracks, he or she will be provided with an individualized treatment plan that is designed to meet his or her specific needs. Each one of these plans is comprehensive and multidisciplinary, and includes access to the following services:
Individual therapy, or psychotherapy, has long been one of the most highly regarded forms of therapy available for those who are connected to the military. For active duty and veterans especially, individual therapy provides them with the time and space needed to sort out issues that are deeply personal in a safe environment. By working with a trained therapist, an individual can make leaps in bounds in developing skills that help him or her cope with the issues that he or she has faced or is facing.
Group therapy requires clients to partake in therapy sessions with one another. This is done because, when working together as a community of those in recovery, strength can be built and support can be fostered. One or more therapists will lead group therapy sessions and will guide the group through bringing up different topics or asking them to engage in activities with one another.
As mentioned before, the family of an individual who has served or is serving in the military is often impacted by their untreated mental health issues. In the Freedom Program in Emerald Coast, however, families can come together to talk about the issues at hand, learn how to communicate more effectively, and work through resentments and challenges in an attempt to grow closer.
When clients are participating in the Freedom Program, they will not only be participating in several different types of therapy sessions like those above, but they will also benefit from different aspects of the program. For example, the Freedom Program takes on a holistic treatment approach, meaning that those who provide care to clients work to help them heal mind, body, and soul. All staff members are well-versed in trauma-informed care, too, which allows them to be knowledgeable about the signs and symptoms of PTSD and not unintentionally retraumatize a client.
Through our military treatment program, clients will also be able to receive dual diagnosis treatment (if necessary), participate in weekly AA meetings and Celebrate Recovery meetings if in the program for a substance use disorder, and continued aftercare support that helps them maintain the sobriety they have achieved while in the program.
Do You Need Help?
It can be extremely overwhelming and even scary to think about reaching out and asking for help, especially because of the unfortunate stigma that those who serve in the military must avoid showing any weakness. However, with more and more light being shed on mental illness and how dangerous it can be when left untreated, more of those in the military are seeking professional treatment like that which is offered through the Freedom Program in Emerald Coast.
If you are struggling with a substance use disorder, a mental illness, or a combination of both, know that the Freedom Program can help you. You do not need to accept the residual effects of your time spent in the service as your new normal. You can overcome the issues that you have faced and live a happy, healthy life.
Do not wait. Call us right now. We can help you.