Founded in 2007, American Addiction Centers has grown into the largest network of rehab facilities nationwide. By using research-based treatment methods they have been able to continue fulfilling their mission of providing quality, compassionate, and innovative care to adults who are dealing with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.
The Desert Hope Treatment Center, one of the facilities under the leadership of American Addiction Centers, has demonstrated this approach to innovative care by launching the Salute to Recovery program to help veterans and first responders on their path to recovery.
Military veterans and first responders face emotional and physical trauma that is unique to their profession and leads to specific challenges during recovery, such as coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The Salute to Recovery program utilizes a specialized curriculum to help veterans understand the disease of addiction and give them positive coping skills that they can carry over into their daily lives.
They also incorporate a wide variety of therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, in order to offer the best treatment available to veterans and first responders. Read more: American Addiction Center Reviews | Glassdoor and American Addiction Centers New Docuseries Unveils The Realities of Recovery
Recent studies indicate that only half of returning service veterans who need treatment for mental health, are actually obtaining that treatment. Lack of access to appropriate services is a major barrier for veterans and is a key factor in their ability to pursue treatment for addiction.
To make treatment more accessible, Desert Hope Treatment Center is a Veterans Choice Provider. This is a program that allows qualifying veterans to have their care paid for by the Veterans Administration.
The Salute to Recovery program empowers veterans to take an active role in their recovery by engaging in group therapy sessions, or using resources on campus to connect them with other patients in the treatment process.
Even some of the staff running the program are veterans too. “We want them to know they are not alone in this fight,” states Ambrozinio Storr, CEO of Desert Hope Treatment Center. “We salute these veterans for serving our country and for having the courage to get help. They’ve sacrificed for our nation and now it’s our privilege to serve them.”
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