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Veteran & First Responder Program

Evidence-based treatment and therapies for military veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and first responders.

  • Recovery First in Hollywood. Florida, focuses on the wellness of the veteran or first responder, not just the addiction.

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    Learn more about the veteran and first responder program at Recovery First.

Recovery First’s military veteran and first responder program provides dedicated resources for people in these professions who have mental health issues—such as substance use disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder—and are ready to address them.

Veterans and first responders work in environments that exposes them to intense, often traumatizing, situations. Coping can be difficult and can often make it hard to:

  • Emotionally connect to others.
  • Realize how their behavior is impacting themselves or their loved ones.
  • Manage a balance between work and home life.
  • Shield against stress-related disorders.

Many of the staff members leading the veteran and first responder program at Recovery First know this firsthand, and they understand how these traumatic events can lead to drug or alcohol abuse and other mental health disorders.

See what Recovery First can offer you or a loved one.

Veteran Inpatient Rehab Program

Recovery First doesn’t just focus on the addiction, we address the wellness of the entire individual. When a veteran or first responder chooses the inpatient rehab program, they can expect several different approaches to treatment, including:

  • Medical stabilization and detoxification with medical monitoring.
  • Multidisciplinary assessment and testing.
  • Intensive relapse prevention.
  • Individual therapy.
  • Family therapy.
  • Group work.
  • Life skills
  • Wellness program.

This treatment can be found in the form of PTSD education, 12-step programs, anger management, and addressing grief and loss.

Therapy Approaches for Veterans & First Responders

Our treatment for veterans is evidence-based and focuses on approaches that can help veterans create strategies for positive decision-making and lifestyle changes. It includes:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Clients will be able to identify and shift negative thinking patterns, as well as behaviors, to live a healthier, happier life. A couple of different therapies fall under the umbrella of CBT, including:
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): The initial goal is to help the person develop a realistic self-appraisal that is not based on overall statements regarding their abilities or effectiveness.
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Part of CBT, this helps veterans learn new skills as well as how to use them in their day-to-day lives. It can also help them increase motivation and accept things they may not be able to change.
  • Four Agreements Group Guide: Based on The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, this group explores the tenants of truth, dealing with harm, handling assumptions, and doing your best.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR): This is an innovative way to process traumatic events and other negative experiences.
  • Family Systems Theory: Takes a look at the family as an emotional unit and explores the complexity to help veterans find their places in that unit after service.
  • The Neuroscience of Addiction: By teaching the science of addiction, clients begin to understand why they’re addicted, and how they can begin to overcome their addiction.
  • Pain Management Group: Many veterans and first responders are physically injured in the line of duty. That pain can last a lifetime, so Recovery First’s program addresses how to deal with that pain.

Who Can Be a Part of the Veteran & First Responder Program?

The veterans and first responder program at Recovery First welcomes veterans of all branches of the armed forces, as well as current and retired first responders, including:

  • Firefighters.
  • Law enforcement officers.
  • Emergency medical services providers.
  • Dispatchers and emergency communications personnel.
  • Correctional officers/probation-parole officers.

If you’re a veteran or a first responder who’s ready to seek treatment—or you need advice for a loved one—call our Admissions Navigators at 954-526-5776. We’re here for you any time of day.

Recovery is possible.

Talk to our compassionate Admission Navigators for information on our veteran and first responder program—or any of our other treatment options.