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Finding Help for Veterans Struggling With Mental Health

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Approximately 200,000 military members transition out of active duty and return to civilian life yearly, an adjustment that requires significant reorientation for them and their family members. Shifting from the collective-minded culture of military service to the highly independent nature of civilian life is a unique burden for veterans and one that many struggle with.

Many veterans faced high stress, ongoing stress, and trauma in their service. Anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression, substance use disorders, and suicide are prevalent concerns among veterans. When it comes to veterans, mental health treatment is vital.

The veterans’ addiction and mental health treatment programs at Vertava Health were created to address the specific needs of military members and veterans. We partner with Veteran’s Affairs (VA) to find the best care for veterans and their families. Call 844.470.0410 to learn how we can help you or your loved one.

Finding Help for Veterans with Mental Health Issues

If you are a veteran in need of mental health treatment or a family member of one, knowing where to turn for help can feel overwhelming. Data suggests that nearly half of the service members making this transition do not immediately connect with available benefits, resources, and services.

Following are some steps you can take to find mental health treatment near you:

  • Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at-800-827-1000. The VA operates various medical centers and clinics that provide services specifically for veterans.
  • Reach out to the VA to find a community-based Vet Center providing services for veterans and their families.
  • Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7 for veterans experiencing a crisis.
  • Talk to your primary care doctor, who can provide referrals to therapists or programs serving veterans.

Unfortunately, while the VA is a tremendous resource, they are often not conveniently located, have long waitlists, or cannot provide the level of care needed. However, the VA works closely with treatment centers, like Vertava Health, that offer treatment programs tailored to the specific needs of veterans and their families.

What to Expect from Mental Health Treatment for Veterans

The importance of mental health treatment for veterans cannot be overstated. The rate of veterans with both mental health and substance use disorders is high, making co-occurring treatment necessary for lasting recovery. Co-occurring disorder treatment allows veterans to understand how mental health and substance use disorders interconnect and provides the tools to break the cycle and move forward.

At Vertava Health, we know that while veterans may share common diagnoses, everyone is unique and needs individualized care. Our highly experienced, compassionate treatment team includes licensed doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors, case managers, and recovery coaches who utilize evidence-based and holistic treatment methods to provide comprehensive care in a safe, supportive environment.

Your individualized treatment plan might include the following:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Recreational therapy
  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • 12-step programs
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Medication management
  • Stress management
  • Trauma therapy
  • Adventure and wilderness therapy
  • Couples therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Relapse prevention

Individual and group therapy sessions are integral parts of everyone’s treatment plan. Working through recovery with other veterans and first responders who have firsthand knowledge of similar stress and trauma eliminates many veterans’ belief that no one understands their feelings or experiences, making them more open to treatment.

Call Vertava Health for Veterans’ Mental Health Treatment

When it comes to veterans, mental health treatment cannot be ignored. At Vertava Health, veterans have access to a community of peers who can relate to their experiences on a meaningful level. Family members can receive education and support to help manage the impacts of their loved one’s mental health or co-occurring disorders. Further, our veterans’ program provides support to help military families with the transition from active duty to civilian life.

We understand the unique needs of veterans and their families and developed our veterans’ addiction treatment programs to meet them. Contact Vertava Health at 844.470.0410 to speak with an admissions specialist today.