Dual Diagnosis Integrated Treatment Needed for Alcohol or Substance Abuse Co-Occurring with PTSD
Military Veterans and PTSD
Military veterans who have been in or seen combat situations, the same as first responders, experience extraordinary stress. Many vets will develop post traumatic stress (PTSD).
The veteran will now struggle with addiction – complicated by co-occurring disorders.
Dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders, refers to individuals experiencing alcoholism or substance use disorder as well as mental health disorders (including PTSD, anxiety and more).
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports that the number of Veterans with PTSD varies by service era.
- Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF): About 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (or between 11-20%) who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year.
- Gulf War (Desert Storm): About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12%) have PTSD in a given year.
- Vietnam War: About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam Veterans (or 15%) were currently diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). It is estimated that about 30 out of every 100 (or 30%) of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.
Veterans and Chronic Pain
According to Military.com, more than half of veterans who participated in conflicts in the Middle East report they experience chronic pain. It’s no surprise that many are prescribed opiates to help them manage their pain. However that can lead to opioid addiction.
Today, veterans are two times more likely than non-veterans to suffer a fatal overdose from opiates.
Rates of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) in veterans continue to rise. SUDs are associated with substantial negative consequences. These can include medical problems, psychiatric co-occurring disorders (e.g., depression and anxiety), interpersonal and vocational impairment, and increased rates of suicidal thoughts and actual attempts at suicide.
Homeless Veterans Substance Use Disorders (SUDs)
Up to 80% of homeless Veterans suffer from mental health and/or substance use disorders. The path into and out of homelessness is often complicated by untreated or under treated mental health and substance use disorders.
Make an Appointment at Northern California VA for an Addiction Assessment or Homeless Assistance.
For immediate help through a crisis, Veterans or concerned family members or friends of a Veteran can contact the Veterans Crisis Line
• Call 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1, using the online chat, or texting to 838255.
• These services provide free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Homeless Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are more likely to have PTSD than homeless vets of previous eras. Two-thirds of homeless Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in one major sample had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Homeless female veterans are the fastest growing demographic among the homeless population in the United States. New programs have been implemented to serve women veterans at the VA.
Women Veterans and PTSD
The prevalence of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among women veterans has been increasing throughout the years due to the dynamic change of women’s roles in the armed forces.
For the recent women veterans population that participated in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) conflicts – rates indicate women have a 1.7 to 2.5 higher chances of developing PTSD than male veterans.
New Start Recovery Solutions Integrated Treatment for PTSD and Addiction
PTSD and trauma-informed integrated treatment at New Start Recovery Solutions works with the issues of combat stress, addiction, alcohol dependency, depression and other trauma-related disorders. Our evidence-based treatment includes a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, EMDR, prolonged exposure, wellness education, mindfulness, yoga and more.
• Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
• Prolonged exposure
• Relapse Prevention Mindfulness
• Mindfulness and Meditation
• Holistic Therapies and Wellness
• Educational programs
East Bay Veteran Dual Diagnosis Rehab Treatment for Alcohol, Drugs
New Start Recovery Solutions is an approved VA Community Care provider for residential PTSD Dual Diagnosis Treatment. We are in-network with TriWest, in coordination with Sierra Health and Wellness Group.
We provide behavioral health, PTSD and addiction recovery treatment for veterans and those in the military. Using evidence-based trauma informed integrated treatment – we have dual diagnosis recovery solutions for veterans struggling with PTSD and SUD (substance use disorder) or AUD (alcohol use disorder).
The VA provides care to Veterans through community providers when VA cannot provide the care needed. Community care is based on specific eligibility requirements, availability of VA care, and the needs and circumstances of individual Veterans.
What is VA Community Care?
Veterans may be eligible for care through a provider in their local community, depending on their health care needs or circumstances, and if they meet specific eligibility criteria. Even if a Veteran is eligible for community care, they generally still have the option to receive care from a VA medical facility.
Last June, a landmark legislation known as the VA MISSION Act of 2018 made dramatic improvements in how Veterans can receive some aspects of health care. In most cases, Veterans must receive approval from VA before receiving care from a community provider to avoid being billed for the care. VA staff members generally make all eligibility determinations for community care.
How to Sign Up for VA Services in Northern California
• If you don’t have VA health care benefits, you can apply now.
• Make an Appointment at the Northern California VA for an Addiction Assessment.
Martinez VA Medical Center
150 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553-4668
The Martinez Outpatient Clinic offers a full range of medical, surgical, mental health, and diagnostic outpatient services, including nuclear medicine, ultrasound, CT and MRI. The Center for Rehabilitation and Extended Care is located adjacent to the outpatient clinic.
Chico VA Clinic
1601 Concord Avenue
Chico, CA 95928-9486
The Chico VA Clinic offers a wide range of medical and ancillary services including primary care, audiology, laboratory, mental health, nutrition, otolaryngology (ENT), pharmacy, social work and women’s health. Dermatology services are provided via telemedicine. The clinic is located in Meriam Park, adjacent to the Butte County Superior Courthouse.
Mare Island VA Clinic
201 Walnut Avenue, Building 201
Mare Island, CA 94592-1107
The Mare Island VA Clinic, located in Vallejo, offers a wide range of medical and ancillary services including primary care, neurology, mental health, social work, dentistry, compensation and pension exams, laboratory and pharmacy services. The Sierra Pacific Network Office (VISN 21), Joint Planning Office and Medical Care Cost Finance (MCCF) Office are also located at this facility.
Northern California VA Services
Women Veteran Resources Northern California
• Women Veterans Health Care – VA
• Center for Women Veterans (CWV) – VA
• Transition and Care Management (OEF/OIF/OND) – VA
• VA Programs to End Homelessness Among Women Veterans
• Volunteers of America Veteran Resources, Sacramento Area
• Swords to Plowshares
• National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
• CA Veterans Assistance Foundation
VA PTSD Resources
• National Center for PTSD
• PTSD Basics: National Center for PTSD
• VA PTSD: About Face – Follow Veterans as they share their experiences with three types of therapy that are proven to work: Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Veteran Alcohol and Substance Abuse Dual Diagnosis Rehab
Northern California Evidence-Based Trauma Informed Whole Person Addiction Recovery
VA Community Care Provider for residential PTSD Dual Diagnosis Treatment
• Each patient is evaluated by New Start Recovery Solutions staff and receives a biopsychosocial assessment; and an individualized treatment plan.
• We use Mindfulness Relapse Prevention and other whole person evidence-based therapies; including CBT, yoga, tai chi and more.
• If you or your loved one is located in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Bay Area, Sacramento, Chico, Paradise, Redding, Martinez or other northern California area – and are dealing with a drug abuse or an alcohol use disorder – welcome to evidence-based whole person addiction treatment at New Start Recovery Solutions.
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New Start Recovery Solutions
2449 Pacheco Street
Concord CA 94520