Veterans Rehab: Overcoming Addiction and Embracing Mental Wellness

The Overlooked Battle: Post-Military Struggles

For many servicemen and women, the most challenging battle isn’t on the frontlines but rather transitioning back to civilian life. The pressure and discipline of military service can make readjustment a significant challenge, leading some veterans towards harmful substances. Distressingly, statistics indicate that many veterans become dependent on alcohol, drugs, opioids, and prescription medications due to various factors, including the trauma of dishonorable discharge stemming from strict drug policies.

Startling Statistics:

  • 1.3 million veterans are grappling with a substance use disorder.
  • 7.5% are heavily reliant on alcohol.
  • 3.5% resort to marijuana.
  • 1.7% turn to other illicit drugs.
  • A concerning 21% have reported opioid overdosing.
  • 30% are regular users of tobacco or its derivatives.

At Sun County Wellness, we extend our hands with compassion and understanding, offering services tailored specifically for veterans. Our approach addresses not only addiction but the underlying trauma and mental health challenges to ensure a holistic recovery.

Common Challenges Veterans Face

Beyond addiction, many veterans suffer from various mental health issues due to their service experiences. Whether it’s from high-stress environments or the trauma of reintegrating into civilian life, these challenges can be daunting:

Substances often misused by veterans:

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Opioids
  • Marijuana

Mental health issues frequently observed among veterans:

  • Trauma or PTSD
  • Intense anxiety or other anxiety-related disorders
  • Depression
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) leads to both physical and mental challenges

How Sun County Wellness Supports Veterans

The silver lining is this: when veterans access the right care, their recovery rates soar. Sun County Wellness offers treatments that address both addiction and mental health challenges, ensuring comprehensive care:

  • Dual Diagnosis Treatment: It’s not uncommon for veterans to experience both mental health issues and substance use disorders simultaneously. Our dual diagnosis approach ensures they receive care for both, improving the chances of lasting recovery.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): As a pivotal treatment strategy, CBT addresses both trauma and addiction. Along with CBT, we utilize evidence-backed techniques like Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing.
  • Group Therapy: Many veterans withhold their service experiences, bottling up emotions that can lead to substance misuse. Group therapy offers them a confidential and empathetic environment to share and heal.
  • Outpatient Programs: Long-term support is the cornerstone of recovery, especially for veterans. Our outpatient programs, including Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient, and standard Outpatient programs, provide ongoing care tailored to veterans’ unique needs.

Your Recovery Journey Begins at Sun County Wellness

Are you a veteran seeking support? At Sun County Wellness, we’re ready to walk beside you on your recovery journey. Connect with us to learn about our treatment options and take a tour of our serene, substance-free facilities. We collaborate with various insurance providers to ensure you get the best care.


Yes, unfortunately, many veterans often feel hesitant about seeking help due to societal or internalized stigmas.

It’s an approach to treat individuals who suffer from both a substance use disorder and a mental health condition.

It provides a safe and confidential environment for veterans to share their experiences and emotions, promoting healing and understanding.

Yes, our flexible outpatient programs support veterans even as they reintegrate into society.