Successful substance use treatment must include care for the whole person. This is particularly true for veterans, who have, in many cases, experienced the kinds of life-threatening situations to so often lead to conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. In addition to being dangerous in their own right, these types of mental health concerns lead to self-medication with drugs and alcohol and are a recipe for addiction. At Symetria Recovery, our team of experts has extensive experience providing addiction treatment for veterans. It is essential to understand the connection between veterans, PTSD, and addiction.
Veterans, PTSD, and Addiction
It is a sad fact that statistically speaking, veterans have higher rates of substance use than are seen in the general population. They also have higher rates of PTSD and other serious mental health concerns the often underpin and fuel substance use disorders. PTSD can be triggered in anyone who experiences a traumatic or life-threatening event. And because military personnel are significantly more likely to experience these types of events and to live in high-stress environments, they are more likely to develop the condition.
The relationship between PTSD and substance use disorder should also not be overlooked. In many instances, veterans develop SUDs as a result of their experience, which only intensified their PTSD. In other cases, their PTSD is un- or undertreated and so they rely on drugs and alcohol as an escape. In either case, trauma and PTSD can readily lead to a vicious cycle of addiction.
If you suspect that you or someone close to you is suffering from PTSD< it is essential that you be able to identify the symptoms. These can include:
- Increased numbing of emotions
- Heightened irritability, hostility, and aggression
- Avoidance of trauma, symptoms, and feelings
- Difficulties concentrating
Although drugs or alcohol may provide temporary relief for PTSD symptoms, substance use actually makes the symptoms worse, and addiction often develops. At Symetria Recovery, we have programs that address and treat both PTSD and addiction for veterans. Our innovative treatment approach is known as the Symetria Method.
The Symetria Method Defined
The Symetria Method is ideally suited for veterans because a unique and personalized care team is assigned to you to meet your specific needs – including physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral needs, that contribute to a comprehensive and enduring recovery. Your family and loved ones are invited to be a part of your treatment, as well. Your treatment includes medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combined with intensive outpatient therapy (IOP), which can be group, family, and individual counseling, depending on your need and preferences. Wherever possible, peer-to-peer recovery specialists are brought into your treatment plan.
TriWest and Symetria Are Partners in Veteran Care
Attributable to a legacy of treating veterans with specialty addiction recovery services, Symetria Recovery is pleased to announce its affiliation with TriWest Healthcare Alliance to care for veterans. TriWest was formed to serve the health care needs of the military and Veteran communities. TriWest was awarded the Community Care Network (CCN) Region 4 contract by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), enhancing access to health care for America’s Veterans in support of the VA’s critical mission.
In turn, TriWest added Symetria Recovery as its outpatient provider of addiction recovery services via care strategies orchestrated with the veteran’s primary VA healthcare provider. “The Mission Act, approved by Congress in 2018, allows select providers such as Symetria to open our doors to veterans, enabling them to receive care often closer to where they live and work. Our employees were delighted to work alongside the VA to bring services directly to the communities where veterans and their families live,” states Symetria Recovery CEO Drew McCartney. VA referrals are expedited; every effort is made to prioritize our patients who are veterans.
The Addiction Treatment that Veterans Deserve
Symetria Recovery provides comprehensive and compassionate addiction treatment for veterans struggling with substance use disorders who are ready to regain control of their lives. If you or someone you care about is a veteran or have a veteran that could benefit from our services, reach out to our team today at 855.282.4819 to get started on the path the genuine, long-term recovery.