Military service may teach many skills, but recovering from trauma is not one of them. With the high levels of pressure and trauma experienced by military personnel, it is understandable that substance abuse is a side-effect. Having a deep understanding of veteran-specific needs, our staff can offer specialized, compassionate therapeutic support to our American heroes and the unique challenges they face.

PTSD and addiction associated with military service

Veterans aged 17 or older had a substance use disorder in the past year

U.S. troops who served over the past 13 years have been diagnosed with PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after exposure to a highly traumatic or life-threatening event. Due to the nature of military duty, it is not surprising that many active military members and veterans suffer from PTSD. 

Many military members and veterans experience debilitating long-term symptoms of PTSD, including anxiety and paranoia, flashbacks, nightmares, and even hallucinations. 

Triggers can take many forms, making it difficult to resume a normal life. This results in numerous avoidance techniques, with many people resorting to drugs or alcohol to numb the symptoms of PTSD.


Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance by veterans and active military. Alcohol use can quickly lead to alcoholism and many other negative physical and mental effects.

Opioids and opiates

Opioid abuse is more commonly seen in the military than in the general population. Addiction may start on the field when prescription painkillers are administered to manage the pain of those injured during combat.

Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives

Anxiety disorders and dysfunctional sleep patterns are common among veterans. Many will require medications such as Ativan, Valium, Ambien, and Xanax to help with symptoms of anxiety and insomnia. These medications have a high risk of addiction.

Illicit Substances

Veterans and active military members may use illicit drugs such as cocaine, meth, and marijuana to self-medicate and soothe symptoms of PTSD. These illicit substances are dangerously addictive and can greatly exacerbate the symptoms of PTSD.

Overcoming the Stigma

The military service culture puts stock in strength, self-reliance, and teamwork. This leads to veterans believing that they will be seen as weak or a failure if they admit to struggling with substance abuse or addiction. While numerous veterans may need assistance, many never seek help due to these stigmas. Even the simple belief that they may encounter prejudice is enough to stop many from asking for help. At Psyclarity Health, our goal is to help overcome the stigma so that our veterans and military personnel can get the help they deserve.


We treat each patient as an individual and provide tailored treatment for mental health issues and addiction due to trauma caused by military service.

Substance abuse & dual diagnosis treatment:

Our outpatient treatment programs have been developed to treat substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Wide range of outpatient programs:

We offer a range of intensive outpatient programs.


Cognitive-behavioral therapy

CBT administered by highly skilled psychotherapists to treat co-occurring disorders and behaviors that may have led to addiction

Dialectical-behavioral therapy

Evidence-based DBT to help veterans focus on negative thought patterns so that they can learn new coping mechanisms.

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy

Utilizing innovative EMDR to address traumatic memories and treat the root cause and triggers of addiction.

Group therapy

Support groups facilitated by veterans and community members who understand the unique challenges military and veterans face.


Psyclarity Health provides confidential programs that have been created specifically for military members and veterans. Veterans can access alcohol and drug rehab through the Veterans Affairs (VA) or a VA Community Care partner. These facilities are separate from the VA but provide treatment to patients who are eligible for the Community Care Program. Our facility’s Services include veterans staff, and our liaison team understands the unique needs of military personnel. They can provide appropriate assistance to those needing guidance coordinating VA services, securing services, and accessing additional resources.

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