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Valor Program for Veterans and First Responders

Clinically Reviewed

This page has been clinically reviewed by Laurie Woodard, MA, LAC, LPC.

Tailored for Veterans and First Responders, our specialized Valor Program is built to help those on the front lines with substance use recovery. The program, offered exclusively at Footprints to Recovery, provides specialized, trauma-focused care for those with a substance use disorder that developed after military service or because of the constant stress and danger in their position as a first responder.

The evidence-based and holistic treatment options are overseen by our team of professional substance abuse and trauma counselors. You’ll recover in a safe, comfortable atmosphere alongside others who have firsthand knowledge of what you’re going through. You’ll come to understand that trauma and substance abuse are a response to excessive stress. We can help teach you how to manage PTSD symptoms, stop using drugs and alcohol to self-medicate, and adopt healthy coping skills that help you move forward.

Treatment for Veterans and First Responders

Our Veterans Program

The transition back to normal life after a tour of military duty is not easy. According to data, one in every fifteen veterans struggles with substance abuse. More than 76% of veterans also suffer from co-occurring mental health disorders alongside substance abuse.

Due to the stress and trauma that often accompanies military service, veterans have unique treatment needs. That’s why Footprints to Recovery developed the Valor Program which offers trauma-focused, evidence-based treatment for all veterans and first responders.

An Integrated Approach to Care

Everyone participating in our Valor Program has a unique treatment plan created by the team of clinical professionals at Footprints to Recovery. These people are your guides, your support, and your encouragement to improve your mental, physical, and emotional health. Our model of care acknowledges the link between trauma and substance use disorders and treats both issues simultaneously.

We specialize in a variety of treatments at our locations across the country. Some approaches to treatment in the Valor Program include:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Rational emotive therapy
  • Cognitive processing therapy (CPT)
  • Prolonged exposure therapy (PE)
  • Systematic desensitization
  • Person-centered therapy
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Experiential therapies like art therapy, music therapy, yoga, and others

Trauma-Focused Treatment

The treatment team at Footprints to Recovery has the necessary credentials and experience to help anyone on their journey to a brighter future. They may be military personnel, veterans, and retired first responders themselves. All veterans program staff are trained in military culture sensitivity and trauma. We create an individualized treatment plan based on your needs that includes trauma-focused approaches and treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders.

Learn New Life Skills

The overall goal of recovery is to help you improve health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and reach your full potential. Those in our Valor Program can set their own recovery goals and reach them at their own pace. You’ll collaborate with case managers to fill your days with activities that help you achieve the independence, resources, and income necessary to participate in society.

These may include:

  • Writing a resume
  • Planning financially
  • Filling out and submitting job applications
  • General housekeeping and chores
  • Meal preparation

Self-Assessment: Am I Addicted?

Transitional Care

Following treatment, the Valor Program staff assists you in finding support for long-term sobriety. There are many tools and techniques that can aid in continued sobriety long after you complete the program and move on to your life back at home or in a sober living community.

Some of the continuing care options through our Valor Program include: 

  • Scheduling appointments with therapist, physicians, psychiatrists, and other providers.
  • Connecting you with 12-step groups and other community groups
  • Identifying specific strategies to deal with triggers and other recovery challenges
  • Rebuilding relationships with loved ones and family members through family therapy or other supports
  • Submitting applications for veterans’ benefits such as housing and home loan guarantees, disability compensation, job training, pension programs, and education programs.

Admissions and Insurance Verification

It’s not always easy to make the right decision. Choosing to get help for substance abuse issues stemming from trauma is always the right thing to do. We’re here to make sure the process is as stress-free as possible. Your addiction likely stems from complex factors associated with your service in the military or job as a first responder. Issues like PTSD and mental health disorders, which require specialized treatment from trained behavioral health professionals, are often a driving force behind addiction.

Insurance is an option when it comes to paying for treatment. We are in-network with Triwest and Optum VA Community Care. Our admissions advisors will work directly with your insurance provider to determine your benefits and explain any out-of-pocket costs to you.

After working hard to help keep your country safe, now it’s time to get the help you need to live the life you deserve. Call us for a free, confidential consultation.

Questions about treatment options?

Our admissions team is available 24/7 to listen to your story and help you get started with the next steps.