Access to Recovery Made Easy for Veterans in Need

Veteran substance abuse is a frequent problem, but our substance abuse treatment programs for Veterans who are struggling help address both the common needs of this group as well as the individual.

Get access to care by following these steps:


Do you qualify?

Veterans have a choice to receive treatment at a non-VA hospital with approval. Each VA is different, but we work with your VA to determine the best course of action for you.


How do you get VA approval?

The first step is to go to a consultation appointment at your VA with your primary care physician. Your primary care physician will write a referral which is then sent to the community care office.



Admission steps

Call 1 (888) 512-3321 to begin the admissions process. Authorization will follow and then with approval, you can be admitted.

Substance Abuse Treatment Program and Help for Veterans

Military members often face unique challenges after they are done serving. Coming home after a tour of duty and transitioning back into civilian life comes with several hurdles. Many Veterans face a mix of issues related to personal relationships, employment, finances, and housing. For some, these problems may also include mental health symptoms and substance abuse. Fortunately, early intervention with mental health and substance abuse treatment programs for Veterans struggling with these challenges can help keep them from spiraling out of control.


Information on Veteran Mental Health Issues

Life in the military may include exposure to high-stress and traumatic experiences. Over time, these situations can take their toll on a person’s mental health and may result in symptoms of mental illness.

An estimated 1 in 4 active duty military members exhibit signs of having a mental health condition.1 Another study found that 41% of Veterans could potentially need mental health care.2 In particular, Veterans are often diagnosed with anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, the rate of depression in Veterans is about five times higher than civilians, and the rate of PTSD in Veterans is about 15 times higher than civilians. PTSD is a chronic and severe mental health disorder that can severely hinder a person’s everyday life. If these mental health problems are not treated, they may become debilitating or lead to secondary problems like substance use disorders.

At Vertava Health, we provide comfortable and compassionate care through inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for Veterans with substance abuse and mental health challenges. We partner with your VA to find the best care for you and give you the support you need to successfully re-enter civilian life. 

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Veteran Drug and Alcohol Abuse & Addiction

Veteran drug abuse is not uncommon. More than 1 in 10 Veterans in the United States are estimated to have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder at some point in their life.3 This rate is slightly higher than the general population. In particular, there is a need for alcohol abuse treatment for Veterans as alcohol use disorders are the most common substance use disorder for military personnel. Fortunately, programming from substance abuse treatment centers for Veterans and others struggling with addiction can help people overcome these disorders and potentially avoid other problems because of it.

Veteran substance abuse may partially be a result of the unique challenges this population often faces. The high prevalence of Veterans with mental illness or mental health symptoms may lead to increased use of drugs or alcohol to “self-medicate.” While alcohol and other substance use may provide a temporary sense of relief from symptoms for some, they often exacerbate underlying mental health symptoms or trauma. Rehabs for Veterans that also address these mental health concerns and treat the patient holistically can help these individuals find lasting recovery.

Another common reason some Veterans abuse drugs is because of the misuse of prescription painkillers. Opioids are prescribed to treat pain, but they can also be addictive. Veterans who were injured during their time of service or dealing with chronic pain may misuse or abuse these drugs only to become dependent on them. Professional and tailored intervention, like outpatient and drug rehab programs for Veterans struggling with such problems, can teach these individuals alternative ways to manage their pain instead of relying on painkillers.

If you are a Veteran struggling with substance abuse, there is hope. Our customized treatment programs help Veterans get sober and reclaim their lives. To learn more about our substance abuse programs for Veterans, contact an admissions specialist today.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Care and Resources for Veterans

A successful rehab program for Veterans struggling with mental health symptoms alongside their substance use disorder will treat not only the addiction but also address these concerns as well. Known as co-occurring disorder treatment, patients will not only learn about the relationship between their substance abuse and mental health but also how to break this connection so they can start moving forward. If PTSD or another mental health disorder is ignored during treatment, the Veteran could continue to engage in substance use regardless of the treatment for their addiction

Left untreated, mental health and substance use disorders can also lead to secondary issues that negatively impact a Veteran’s life such as financial struggles, relationship problems, and health concerns. One major problem for the Veteran population in particular is homelessness. One report suggests that on any given day over 37,000 Veterans are homeless, and almost 70% of homeless Veterans have a substance use disorder.5,6 Homelessness as well as other social and economic problems may also act as a barrier to getting Veterans substance abuse treatment.

Substance Abuse Treatment Rehab Programs for Veterans at Vertava Health

At Vertava Health, we provide comfortable and compassionate outpatient and rehab programs for Veterans with substance use disorders. We offer quality addiction care for Veterans who feel like their needs may not be entirely met through their benefits with Veteran Affairs or those looking to fully integrate into their civilian lifestyle. We also work with Veterans Affairs and your VA case manager to decide the best course of action for your recovery.

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A clinical assessment will help us determine a unique treatment plan for you. This strategy will guide the recovery process and be adjusted throughout treatment to meet your changing needs and goals. Vertava Health utilizes the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria and guidelines to determine the most appropriate level of treatment for each patient and offers a continuum of care. Those with more severe substance use disorders and needing more guidance in recovery, for example, may benefit from our long-term residential treatment, a program with an increased stay compared to treatment typically offered by Veterans Affairs. We also offer extended outpatient support including virtual care for those needing less structured treatment or for those who may be further along in the recovery stages.

Our programs are designed to not only help Veterans overcome their addictions but also to foster growth and lasting recovery. Treatment is led by a professional and compassionate team of licensed physicians, nurses, therapists, case managers, counselors, and recovery coaches. It also includes a range of therapies and experiential activities to promote active engagement, practice, commitment, and community.

Our various treatment options and drug rehab programs for Veterans are comprised of a wide range of treatment modalities and therapies that often includes some programming not offered by Veterans Affairs. Individuals in our treatment programs may partake in the following:

If you are a Veteran struggling with substance abuse, there is hope. Our customized treatment programs help Veterans get sober and reclaim their lives. To learn more about our substance abuse programs for Veterans, contact an admissions specialist today.

  • Individual Therapy— Therapy is an essential part of treatment. Counseling can help Veterans identify and cope with potential triggers as well as address the unique challenges they may face in sobriety.
  • Group Therapy— Group therapy utilizes evidenced-based treatment modalities and are facilitated by licensed therapists or certified counselors.
  • Family Counseling— The family often has a central role in the treatment of any health issue, including substance use disorders. The purpose of family therapy or counseling is to include the family in the patient’s treatment process and to bring about productive change for all involved.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)An evidence-based and goal-oriented psychotherapy, this treatment aims to help people identify and change self-destructive thinking that may lead to maladaptive behavior such as substance abuse.
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) A counseling technique that is widely used in treatment, this program is meant to motivate a patient to change destructive behaviors.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) This specific type of CBT is used for a wide range of disorders that can be especially helpful for people with substance use disorders as well as co-occurring mental health symptoms. The goal is to help a patient learn how to better tolerate and manage stress.
  • Medication Assisted Treatment/Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MAT/MOUD)— MAT is a type of evidence-based treatment that involves the use of FDA-approved medications to relieve cravings for patients with alcohol and opiate use disorders.
  • Peer Recovery Support Groups—  Support groups allow patients to connect with other peers who are facing similar challenges and remind them that they are not alone.

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    1. National Alliance on Mental Illness- Veterans & Active Duty
    2. NCBI – Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services: Need, Usage, and Access and Barriers to Care
    3. National Institute of Health-  Substance Use and Military Life DrugFacts
    4. NCBI-  Substance use disorders in military Veterans: prevalence and treatment challenges
    5. National Alliance to End Homelessness- Veterans
    6. SAMHSA