When someone becomes addicted to a substance, it is highly likely that suddenly ceasing use could result in unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. This is one of the most common factors that can lead a person to either relapse or even unintentionally overdose in an attempt to experience relief. One of the communities most susceptible to the phenomenon is our active-duty military members and veterans. To combat this, Banyan’s military rehab center offers our veterans detox programs that will effectively manage any uncomfortable or dangerous withdrawal symptoms in order to prepare these individuals for the addiction treatments to follow.
Veteran Substance Abuse Is a Major Problem
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is an incredibly distressing condition that affects countless current and former military members. Although the number of veterans diagnosed with PTSD will vary by their era of service, as many as 500,000 troops have positively screened for this disorder between the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.1 Additionally, studies show that every 2 out of 10 veterans with PTSD will also experience some kind of substance use disorder.2 These numbers highlight the unfortunate patterns of mental illness and addiction that countless servicemen and women have and continue to experience as a result of their service. In addition to our detox programs, Banyan offers a variety of care levels that can effectively address any co-occurring disorders that patients are experiencing.
Substance-Specific Detox Programs
One of the major components that can contribute to an addiction is the prospect of withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can range from minor to uncomfortable and even dangerous, depending on the substance to which the user is addicted. This is why our veteran’s addiction treatment centers encourage all prospective patients to undergo medically monitored detox that will ensure any present symptoms are cared for by our team of clinical professionals.
Alcohol is considered to be one of the more challenging substances to detox from. Withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous and even life-threatening if not monitored by a medical professional. These symptoms can rapidly progress from manageable to overwhelming, so seeking out clinical care is encouraged even if what the individual is experiencing is more on the mild side. Once a stable level is reached, our active-duty military rehab program can provide excellent alcohol treatment that can turn the patient’s life around for the better.
Benzodiazepines are depressants that are typically utilized to manage anxiety, relax muscles, and sedate users. They are extremely addictive and can also be quite risky to detox from on one’s own. Users can find themselves struggling through heart palpitations, panic attacks, and even full-on delirium if not intercepted by a professional in time.
The addictive stimulant cocaine is infamous for its powdery white appearance and energizing effects. It also has the ability to drive a person to act in ways that normally would not. Coming down from a binge can be extremely unpleasant, with patients experiencing symptoms such as depression, fatigue, and nightmares. Our detox programs can assist in curbing cravings until you are in a stable position to respond to treatment.
Heroin is a notorious opiate that is well-known for the intense euphoria that an initial use can grant. After this, many users are caught in its addictive grip as a means to recreate that first intoxicating experience. Withdrawal symptoms typically begin 6 to 12 hours after the last use. While these symptoms are typically not life-threatening, they can make cravings for heroin that much more intense. Luckily, with the proper intervention, addicts can effectively break free from this cycle and achieve long-term success.
Another stimulant is methamphetamine, and users will endure a euphoric high that is the result of a spike in dopamine levels throughout the brain, overcoming the central nervous system and preventing it from properly functioning. Prolonged use can result in a number of physical and psychological side effects, while its effects on the brain constantly keep users trapped in the cycle of addiction.
Because opioid pills are typically used for pain management, straying from a doctor’s orders can easily spiral into a full-blown addiction before a person even realizes what has happened. As an opiate epidemic continues to wage war on the lives of countless Americans, our facility seeks to provide solace to those affected. A proper medical detox is one of the best ways to kickstart a successful recovery.
Prescription Medication Detox
Considering how many prescribed drugs are mind-altering, addiction is likely if a person does not adhere to the directions of their doctor or pharmacist. The most commonly used prescription drugs fall into three categories: stimulants, central nervous system depressants, and opioid pain relievers. With how unpredictable withdrawals from any of these drugs can be, we highly encourage anyone in the midst of such an addiction to seek out professional help.
Get the Care You Deserve at Our Veterans Detox Centers
We sincerely hope that any active-duty military members or veterans in need of care pursue it as soon as possible. While it is not easy to accept that a problem is present, doing so is an incredibly brave task that can ultimately save your life.
To learn more about options for detox and other therapy programs available for military addiction treatment, contact Banyan today.
- Mark Thompson - Unlocking the Secrets of PTSD
- Dept. of VA - PTSD and Substance Abuse in Veterans
Most Insurance Plans Accepted
At Banyan Treatment Centers, our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.