Drug Addiction


Veterans Get Second Chance Using VA Drug Rehab

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Va drug rehab is one of the many medical benefits extended to veterans to help give them a second chance when drug addiction causes medical, legal and domestic problems in their lives.

Many veterans returning from service experience depression, anger management issues, post traumatic stress disorders and a deterioration of physical health that often leads to dependence upon prescription medication and other drugs. This dependence upon drugs, unfortunately, often makes the veteran’s life worse rather than better, with increasing financial problems, domestic arguments and work related troubles. Some veterans find themselves in legal troubles after having been arrested for drug-related offenses.

Once a veteran decides he or she needs help regarding a drug related problem, the veteran should get an evaulation at a local veteran’s administration hospital to determine the best course of treatment. Programs offered by the Veterans Administration have as their goal the rehabilitation of the veteran through inpatient or outpatient treatment and counseling. A mentor is assigned each veteran to deal with other issues such as employment and housing which can be affected by the veteran’s ongoing use of drugs.

A veteran entering a drug rehab program administered by the VA does so completely voluntarily. An inpatient treatment facility features no locks on the doors because participation is totally voluntary and any participating veteran is free to stop treatment at any point in time. Of course, it is to the veteran’s physical and emotional benefit to persevere through the rehab program in order to quit drug addiction and eliminate other troubled areas of their life being negatively influenced by drug addicition.

Some rehabilitation centers help the veteran go through detox, a process in which the patient is closely monitored as they experience the emotional and physical withdrawal symptoms after stopping drug usage. Other rehabilitation centers require that the veteran already have finished with the detox procedure.

Each rehab program differs from the next in terms of physical appearance and the level of comfort afforded participants. But all programs have one goal in common: to get the addict to admit to the seriousness of their drug addiction problem, to look at the attitudes and actions that have caused their drug addiction problem, and to commit to getting sober and quitting drug addiction once and for all.

Counseling and group therapy are as important a part of the drug rehab process as the initial detox period lasting 7 to 10 days. That’s because without a clear understanding of the psychological factors that caused the addiction, the veteran is likely to revert to the same behavior once the drug rehab program is finished and become a drug user or drug addict once again. This results in a vicious cycle of continued problems as the veteran tries to reassimilate into society following his military service.

It is to the veteran’s benefit to take advantage of a drug rehab program administered by the VA in order to stop sabotaging their life and their potential through continued drug use and abuse. Most drug rehab programs last a minimum of 28 days, followed by several months of monitored behavior requiring either solo or group therapy sessions in order to avoid relapsing into old behaviors.

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  • Francine Smith

    looking for a 90day program for son,diabled from military 29yrs old 100 per cent disabled. in a 28 day program now .trying to locate a VA center to help him .substance abuse.

  • brenda

    I have a family member that was a former vet, that has a serious crack habit. He cuts his self up with a knife cause he says that something is crawling on him. He runs through the house with no clothes on. He is in denial and thinks he can handle this problem on his on. I want to save his life. Is there a program where he can go into, where a family member have to sign him in. He will not go on his on. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • brenda

    In house patient care even if it’s for a limited amount of time.

  • Malory Martin

    My brother is a disabled veteran, who has a chemical dependency to pimpain killers. We are looking for an impatient treatment center for relatively low cost. We would like to try to find something in Louisiana, Mississippi. , alabama, or Texas. If anyone has any suggestions your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  • kathy

    My husband is a veteran.He broke his hip in 2002.he has had two major surgeries on his left hip.He has been taking pain meds since that time & in the last year he increased to a stronger pain medecine called Oxycodone 15mg INR.He is addicted bad.He needs help.we both are on disability he also has problems with panic disorder,& depression also.He takes celexa(or generic) for his depression & panic disorder problems.Please tell me how he can get into an inhous detox with Veterans Administration.He needs help now he has not had any pain medicine for about 20 hours or more.He is having withdrawal symptoms bad.Can you help him?please email me as to what to do.I am a total wreck because of it because he is not himself,due to his addiction problem.Please respond A.S.A.P.as he needs help now!Thank you.

  • Allen Sparks

    1/27/2012 Our Son is 40 years old and a Veteran of the Iraq War. He has had a crack cocain addiction for the past 16 years. We live in North Mississippi and my Son goes to the VA Medical Center in Memphis for His medical needs. Where is the closest VA Medical Center to Memphis that offers Veterans with crack cocain addiction a crack cocain drug Detoxification? We are not interested in the whole VA drug Rehab Program, but just the crack cocain in-patient drug Detoxification. PLease Help us with that information. Thank you.
    Kind Regards, Allen Sparks – Allen.Sparks71@yahoo.com

  • cathey

    have a 33 yo that is addicted to pain killers and pot. has depression and family issues. Has a legal problem judge ordered him to do a 28 day program.Any place in oklahoma?

  • Dr. Garrett

    Sober101.com is a confidential drug and alcohol rehab initiative. 12 steps, online and available 24/7/365. Developed by Veterans Dr. David Sutton and Dr. Mick Garrett.

  • Joyce

    Second chance right! At Fort Hamilton Brooklyn NY yesterday only to be told they have a small unit and it is full. Told to check other hospital but to wait there to speak to there physc. yeah right. Spent the day today on phone calling as far away as Albany still waiting for call back. So glad my son served our country 2X. Detoxing at home with me now one of the places I was on the phone with said this was not good but gave no alturnative. Wish me luck tomorrow will spend another day on phone looking for help. Who knows maybe I’ll get lucky but it doesn’t look like it! Thanks for that second chance.

  • Diane Sanders

    My husband is hooked on pain meds. He want as to get off but doesn’t know how without losing his job which we need to survive. Any solutions to this problem?

  • Diane Sanders

    Is addicted to pain meds and don’t know how to get off without losing his job which we desperately need. Any solutions to our problem?

  • Michael Wayne Davis

    I need help for my alcoholism. I don’t have my dd-214. working on it…
    I survived in the Navy in 1991.till Jan.1993?
    Do I still have benifit for rehab?