The Army’s Substance Abuse and Treatment Programs are in disarray, says a new USA Today investigation. With lives at stake, military leaders need to do more for personnel, who often suffer not only addiction, but co-occurring disorders like PTSD.
The Military Community
Phoenix House provides a range of substance abuse treatment and support services for active duty personnel, veterans, and their families. From Afghanistan and Iraq to Vietnam and all other military postings, Phoenix House builds on 40 years of experience, to offer assessments, outpatient and residential treatment options, and supplementary services such as vocational counseling. Clients receive trauma-informed individual, group, and family counseling, as well as entitlement assistance. We also provide referrals to veteran service organizations, housing assistance, and recovery management services in the community. Staff members are specially trained to address the full array of issues that servicemen and women often face, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and readjustment issues.
Phoenix House is continually looking to expand the availability of services for the military community by filling service-delivery gaps in the communities in which we operate – through collaborating with other providers, building relationships with key government agencies, accessing available funding opportunities, and implementing new programs through private fund-raising. Please contact us if you think we can help.
Our current programs include:
The Phoenix House Military Services Program at Brentwood offers residential and outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment services. Family therapy and couples counseling are offered, both as part of clients’ treatment and in recognition of the impact an individual’s deployment has on the entire family. Because the Brentwood Military Services Program strives to be as supportive as possible, services address not only clinical needs, but basic ones such as accessing VA benefits, and program participants have access to onsite medical and dental care. For veterans who are having a difficult time finding a career path, vocational training and educational counseling are available. There is a business center with a state-of-the-art computer lab, and also a relaxing lounge area renovated specifically for Military Services Program participants. In response to the high need on Long Island, we have made plans to create a program for veterans in the soon to be constructed Edward D. Miller Center in Hauppauge.
The Military Services Program at the Phoenix House Jack Aron Center, located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, was designed to address the unique needs of military personnel, veterans, and their family members. Services include outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment, and peer-based group and individual counseling provided by staff who are Iraq War veterans. Staff serve as role models, performing advocacy and outreach on behalf of clients, connecting them with a range of community resources, while at the same time empowering them to identify their strengths and skills.
Phoenix House RISE (Recovery in an Independent, Sober Environment) Men’s Program in Bellows Falls, Vermont offers sober living for men in early recovery from substance abuse, with specialized programming for veterans.
Phoenix House Rhode Island opens Honor House, a permanent living facility for U.S. veterans in recovery.
“In recovery,” says Joey, “My whole life has changed. Before, nobody wanted me around. Today, everyone does. What a blessing!”
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 was an incredible evening for us all at Phoenix House as the sun set on Southampton and our supporters joined us at our annual Summer Party in the Hamptons, Triumph for Teens.