Addiction Treatment In The Military: Navy Drug And Alcohol Rehab Programs

Unfortunately, many members of the military find themselves struggling with addiction as a way to deal with PTSD or other physical or mental health disorders. However, there are several rehab centers dedicated to the treatment of individuals in the Navy to ensure that they receive the treatment they need.

Whether you are currently serving in the United States Navy or are a veteran, if you find yourself struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, we’re here to help. Millions of Americans struggle with a drug or alcohol addiction. As a service member, you may also be battling other problems such as PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), or other physical or psychological injuries or illnesses.

Perhaps you have turned to alcohol or drugs to try and numb your pain. Although illegal drugs are abused less by service members as opposed to the general population, addictions to alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs have risen among service members. You may even have turned to alcohol or drugs after a deployment or a traumatic situation. Whatever the case may be, we’re here for you. You’ve served our country and we’d like to be of service to you, as well.

Resources To Start Your Journey

The first step in recovery is recognizing that there is a problem. Seeking help for a drug or alcohol addiction can seem daunting and overwhelming. But contact us today at or call us at 800-406-7633 and our trained staff will help you find the best rehab for your individual needs.

A great place to start looking at rehabs is our extensive website. Find Rehab here. Here you can look for rehabs by all 50 states, the type of treatment you prefer (inpatient, male, female, outpatient, holistic, etc.), and also by insurance type.

Another resource you have probably heard of that is unique to service members in the Navy is the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP). The goal of SARP is to give quality healthcare to those in the U.S. military. SARP offers drug and alcohol abuse assessments, education, inpatient and outpatient programs, consultation, and even residential treatment. Reach out to your nearest SARP clinic today to get started on your recovery.

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Recognize The Signs

If you or a service member you know is displaying the following signs, they may be struggling from substance abuse. The signs that could indicate that someone may have an alcohol or drug addiction are the following:

  • Alcohol or drug odors on their breath or the odor of drugs on clothing
  • Appearing intoxicated, hung over, or even high during work shifts or other occasions
  • Decrease in work performance
  • Change in personal dress and appearance (look disheveled)
  • Drastic mood or behavior changes
  • Interpersonal problems with friends, family, coworkers, etc.
  • Changes in work habits (arriving late or leaving early)
  • Indications of withdrawal (tremors, irritability, anxiety)
  • Decreased interest in activities they once enjoyed
  • Has poor coping skills and drowns out physical and/or emotional pain through drugs or alcohol use

Finding The Right Rehab And Other Important Information

Finding the right rehab may seem like a challenge, but with our help, we can get you started today. One thing to keep in mind is that if you have not been professionally evaluated for your addiction, this is one of the things to look for in treatment. Upon arriving at your inpatient or outpatient facility, be sure that a psychologist or other medical professional evaluates your full situation. You are struggling from a drug or alcohol addiction, but upon further investigation your doctor or psychologist may also discover you are suffering from PTSD or another mental illness.

Having a drug or alcohol addiction and another, co-occurring mental illness is known as a dual-diagnosis. But, don’t worry; there are many rehab facilities that offer dual-diagnosis recovery programs. If you are also diagnosed with a mental or physical illness, these underlying psychological or physical problems (suicidal thoughts, depression, PTSD, trauma, brain, or other physical injury), are an aspect of your drug or alcohol addiction that need immediate attention as well.

You will want to be sure that all facets of your situation are recognized and addressed. If you only treat your drug or alcohol addiction, but do not treat the other problems (PTSD, depression, interpersonal issues, etc), then you have a higher chance of relapse after completing a rehab program.

One of the most successful types of treatment is inpatient rehab. These programs offer intensive addiction help for 30-90 days or more depending on the individual. Look for inpatient facilities that recognize that your addiction is only the surface problem and that many other problems will likely need to be addressed below the surface to fully recover. Inpatient facilities will separate you from daily life so that you can focus on your recovery. Look for inpatient rehabs that offer group counseling and also one-on-one counseling. Also, look for inpatient rehabs that move at your own pace and that focus on your unique situation.

If you are considering an outpatient facility, these are better aftercare options after you have already successfully completed an inpatient program. Outpatient programs help keep you on track and will meet a few days and a few hours a week. Outpatient programs may include group therapy or you can even look into attending Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings to get further support. Whether you are looking for an inpatient or outpatient facility, be sure that staff members are accredited and that the facility is reputable.

Seeking Help

Millions of Americans struggle with a drug or alcohol addiction but a large portion do not get the help they need. Seeking help for your drug or alcohol addiction is a brave decision. You have served in our nation’s Navy and you deserve to live a happy and healthy life. Let us help you today.

If you or someone you know is struggling from a drug or alcohol addiction, seek help now. Give us a call today or contact us at Life can be hard, but the decision to seek help for your addiction is one of the easiest decisions you can make.

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