Veterans in Recovery | Banyan Treatment Center

Veterans in Recovery is Nationwide

Banyan understands the toll deployment has on veterans and their families

We understand that veteran substance abuse is a growing problem in the US.   Many military members suffer from physical injuries and mental health problems when they return from deployment.  Combat today is very different than it was 50+ years ago during World War II and the Vietnam War.  The new war on terror has increased the trauma and emotional toll combat has had on our service members and their families.  Prescription drug abuse is on the rise among veterans because many are treated with addictive narcotic pain medications for injuries. After an extended use, veterans may become dependent on these drugs and eventually an addiction can develop.

Veterans in Recovery Program features:

  • An escape for veterans to get away from temptation and their toxic environment
  • Therapeutic programming with staff who are trained and equipped to address veterans and their families
  • Life skills training, education, and reintegration back into society
  • A safe and healthy environment with structure and support
  • Supervised outings, meetings, speaker events, etc.

Psychological symptoms in veterans who do not receive treatment for mental health disorders

During war or conflict, military service members are exposed to many traumatic events. This exposure can increase their chances of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health problems. Once referred to as “shellshock” and later “battle fatigue,” PTSD can be caused by witnessing warfare or other significantly tragic or startling events.  However, there is hope at our Veterans in Recovery Program. We address these mood and thought disorders with proven therapeutic modalities.

Some symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Memory problems
  • Flashbacks
  • Insomnia/Trouble sleeping
  • Low sense of self-worth
  • Hopelessness
  • Relationship/Marital problems
  • Aggression
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Exhibiting self-destructive behavior (self-harm or substance abuse)

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programming


Our detox program gives veterans support to guide them through the withdrawal. That often includes medicine to help ease symptoms as well as care for medical and mental health conditions. Our detox has 24-7 nursing and staff supervision.


Residential treatment is a highly structured form of inpatient treatment that provides patients with 24-hour support and care to ensure that they stay on the right track. Veterans will begin therapeutic programming which includes daily individual and group sessions.

Partial Hospitalization (PHP)

This step-down level of care is set in a way to mimic a real life setting while receiving full-time treatment and 24-hour support. Patients continue to receive individual and group therapy during the day at the center and live off site in structured housing. The facility handles all transportation to and from the center for therapeutic programming.  This level of care helps patients become responsible with their daily living, chores, practicing good hygiene, self-care, learn life skills and how to function without drugs or alcohol.

Mental Health Treatment Programming

We offer both inpatient and outpatient Mental Health Treatment for veterans that are customized to their unique needs.

Residential treatment for mental health is similarly highly structured inpatient treatment like SUD treatment, however the types of therapies are different.  Patients have 24-hour support and will begin therapeutic programming which includes daily individual and group sessions.  Mental Health patients have separate therapeutic programming and residences than those patients being treated for only SUD.

Dual Diagnosis

Our facilities accept veterans who are experiencing mental health disorders as a primary diagnosis and may not be using substances.  However, if the veterans are experiencing issues with both mental health disorders and substance abuse, we can accept them at these facilities as well.  We have a separate mental health and substance abuse detox unit.  We provide programming for both diagnoses, commonly known as co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis.

Trauma Therapy

At Veterans in Recovery, we use various methods of trauma therapy and specific techniques by certified professionals. Some of these include:

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a special type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) used for those who have experienced trauma.   It is specifically designed to address the thoughts associated with the traumatic experience.  Typically, it is a short-term type of therapy that lasts between 8 and 25 sessions, although further therapy may be needed afterward to address secondary problems resulting from the trauma symptoms.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a relatively new type of psychotherapy that has been gaining wide appeal over the last decade.  It is designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories.  It involves the notion that the mind is constantly moving toward mental health unless something blocks that flow. The goal of EMDR is to remove that blockage.

EMDR therapy uses eye movements, sounds, or pulsations to stimulate the brain. Using these sensory experiences in conjunction with focusing on a traumatic memory can create changes in the brain that help a client overcome symptoms of depression, anger, and anxiety, among other conditions.

Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT)

This therapy aims to help patients permanently overcome the ongoing effects that stem from traumatic experiences.

RRT combines hypnosis, guided imagery, stories, and purposeful communication that creates a response from the subconscious part of the mind to eliminate the challenging effects of trauma. Unlike traditional cognitive therapy, which only targets the cognitive brain, RRT addresses the emotional brain and limbic system.  In essence, RRT treatment is not emotionally painful where patients do not re-experience or expose themselves to their fears, and therapists do not experience vicarious trauma.

Mental Health Disorders Banyan Treats:

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders (Generalized, OCD, Panic)
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Injury or Self-harming Behaviors
  • Depression
  • Thought Disorders

Additional Therapeutic Approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFT)
  • Group Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Family Programming for Veterans and Their Loved Ones

Our family program is designed to educate the people closest to our veterans about the disease of addiction and the road to recovery.  It can be difficult, if not impossible, for a person to recover from addiction without the support of their family, so we make every effort to include them in the recovery process. Group family meetings, along with the Family Addiction Education and Support Groups, give veterans in addiction recovery and their families a chance to repair the bonds that were damaged by addiction – and build new, positive relationships that enhance the lives of everyone. Our individual therapy sessions also enable those in recovery to explore the dysfunctional family dynamics that may underlie some of their substance abuse or mental health issues – and address them in a new way.


Telemedicine or telehealth is latest technology used for digital therapy sessions. At Veterans in Recovery, we offer telemedicine therapy as part of your aftercare and continued therapeutic programming. Our telemedicine technology is a HIPAA compliant video conferencing system that allows you to have a private video conference-based visit with your therapist. It allows long-distance remote contact for continued care, evaluation, education, intervention, and monitoring.

Alumni Services

Veterans in Recovery is sensitive to the fact that addiction is on a continuum and that the journey of recovery does not end once treatment is completed. We are committed to helping our veteran alumni successfully reintegrate back into their everyday life by offering them continued guidance during this transition. Upon discharge, our staff will maintain telephone contact in order to monitor the recovery process. During calls, we will assist in keeping our alumni on the road to recovery to assist with the structure and support needed to foster continued sobriety.

Contact us today to learn more about our substance-specific and Mental Health Treatments for veterans

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