There are different kinds of treatment centers, but there are 2 main types:
Outpatient Treatment – This requires that the veteran attend a facility (either private or public) that has a planned program of wellness for a planned period of time. Each treatment facility is different in how they might offer their wellness program, but ALWAYS, this means that the patient (veteran) would fill out admission papers, have assessments to determine if it is a good placement, and then be admitted to the program. The veteran does not STAY at the facility, but comes and goes according to the times set for the program. This means the veteran often needs transportation to and from and if the veteran is working, a time to attend that does not conflict with work. There would be a designated start and end date with the expectation that the veteran would attend all sessions. There are many types of treatments that can occur, but the main types are individual and group counseling. There may be art or music therapy, exercise or classes that teach veterans about ways to deal with trauma. It is very good to ask about the length of the program, the cost, what kinds of therapy are offered and any other questions that will help you make a good choice.
In-patient Treatment – This type of treatment is very much like “utpatient treatment” except the veteran STAYS at the facility. This type of treatment is very helpful when the veteran is no longer able to make choices that allow them to successfully care for themselves. By this time, the veteran has possibly lost a job, abused drugs or alcohol regularly, cannot manage life, has severed relationships with loved ones, has had run-ins with legal issues, etc. and continues to experience a downward spiral.
There are private and public treatment centers. Private treatment centers require insurance coverage.
Many take Tri Care. They can be very expensive ranging from $20,000 to $40,000 for a 30-day stay. If covered by insurance, then the payment can be greatly reduced. Many of the therapies listed on this link are offered as part of treatment and the veteran has food, shelter and a program to follow to help them get back on their feet.
There are some programs operated in partnerships like Operation Mend https://www.uclahealth.org/operationmend/intensive-treatment-program Participants in the program will receive the personalized care for which UCLA Operation Mend is known. All care, travel and accommodations are arranged for and provided at no cost to Operation Mend patients and their families. In addition, patients and family members will be picked up at the gate of the airplane upon arrival and transported to and from their hotel and all activities and appointments. Following the onsite three-week program, participants will take part in an additional three weeks of provider-facilitated peer-to-peer support via telehealth to continue refining skills and building community.
A newer treatment center in TX that specializes in First Responder and Veteran issues is Warriors Heart https://www.warriorsheart.com/active-military-and-veterans/
A package developed specifically for veterans can be found by Freedom Care. Go to http://www.freedomcare.com/ The Freedom Care team specializes in combat PTSD, addiction, PTSD/addiction dual diagnosis, general psychiatric diagnoses, and woman’s issues, including military sexual trauma and eating disorders.
IMPORTANT: If you choose to go to a treatment center, always ask what kind of AFTER-CARE program they have. AFTER CARE (after you leave the program) is one of the MOST important parts of continuing the journey of healing. If the treatment center does not have a year long after care and follow up plan, be very weary.
Who it may help:
For veterans who are having so much difficulty readjusting to civilian life, that their home, work, school, financial or social life has been dramatically effected and/or they are experiencing legal problems, there is help available through treatment centers.
Who can offer Treatment:
It is good to find out the credentials of Treatment Centers. Therapeutic staff should all be Licensed, Certified and/or Credentialed.
Where to find Treatment Centers:
There are private treatment centers listed on the web. Examples are www.sierratucson.com, www.casapalmera.com, and www.valleyhope.org. You would look for their “trauma” program to find out more information. Contact them for prices and let them know you are a veteran.
There are treatment centers at NO COST to the veteran through the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs. You will have to be registered at VA hospital and have an OEF/OIF case manager to assist you to get into these. See www.ptsd.va.gov for more information.
Will insurance cover Treatment Centers:
Insurance like Tri-Care, will cover partial costs to private treatment centers. ALWAYS ASK and if you need help finding a treatment center close to you, call your insurance company and ask them WHO THEY COVER in your area.
Some Veterans Non Profits will pay for treatment. Contact the treatment center first to find out if they specialize in military and first responders and then ask them if they know of agencies who may help.Note: VFU provides this comprehensive view of healing techniques for your convenience, but does not endorse nor recommend any specific technique. VFU does not guarantee results or outcomes from any of the materials listed on this website.