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Drug and Alcohol Rehab for Veterans in Mississippi

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How does substance misuse affect Veterans, and where can they go for help? Explore a host of insights regarding alcohol and drug rehab for Veterans, including one Mississippi treatment program that effectively supports this unique population.
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Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Veterans

Veterans face unique stressors that are absent from the lives of most civilians. Combat exposure, deployment, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the unique culture of the military can be challenging, and many Veterans turn to unhealthy drinking and substance misuse to cope with these stressors.

PTSD is particularly problematic, as this disorder and substance use disorders (SUDs) often co-occur. In fact, according to insights from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 46% of those with lifetime PTSD also met the criteria for an SUD.2 In addition, social pressures in the military, including zero-tolerance policies and mandatory random drug testing, can add stigma to substance use and deter Veterans from seeking the help they need.1

However, help and hope are available via a host of treatment options. Plus, some treatment providers—including American Addiction Centers—offer alcohol and drug rehab for Veterans.

Recognizing Substance Misuse in Veterans

According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a substance use disorder is characterized as a pattern of use that causes significant distress or impairment in daily functioning, including at least two of the following symptoms occurring within a one-year period.

  • Use of the drug in larger doses or for a longer period than had been intended.
  • A persistent desire to use or repeated unsuccessful attempts to decrease or cease use.
  • Spending an inordinate amount of time attempting to procure the drug, use it, or get over its effects.
  • Cravings, urges, or a desire to use.
  • Recurrent use resulting in failure to fulfill obligations at school, home, or work.
  • Continued use despite negative effects on social life and interpersonal relationships.
  • Reduced recreational, work, or social activities reduced or abandoned because of continued drug use.
  • Repeated use in environments or situations where it could cause physical harm.
  • Ongoing use even with the knowledge of physical and/or psychological problems are likely to have either been caused or worsened by use.
  • Tolerance, which is defined as a need for markedly increased amounts of a substance to achieve intoxication or desired effect or a markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms or taking the substance to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms. 

If you suspect that you or someone you care about might have issues with substance misuse, knowing the symptoms that are associated with an addiction can help you identify potential issues. However, only a healthcare professional can officially provide a diagnosis.

Our Veteran Drug and Alcohol Addiction Hotline

American Addiction Centers (AAC) offers both a hotline at as well as evidence-based care via a host of accredited facilities scattered across the country. But when it comes to Veterans rehabs in Mississippi, AAC’s Oxford Treatment Center is a prime choice as it offers a specific track geared to this unique population. 

Aptly named The Rally Point: AAC, our Veteran-specific treatment program caters to the unique experiences of Veterans and provides them with a safe and supportive environment where they can rally together with their peers, all of which are united in their recovery efforts. 

How Much Does Rehab Cost for Veterans in Mississippi?

The cost of alcohol and drug rehab for Veterans can vary, depending on different factors such as the level of care required, treatment duration, facility amenities, type of payment, insurance plan (if any), location, and more. However, cost doesn’t have to be a barrier to treatment, as a host of payment options are available. 

The best way to determine exactly how much you’d pay for Veteran-focused rehab in Mississippi and elsewhere is to speak to a facility directly. AAC’s admissions navigators at can help you do just that via a free and confidential conversation. Available 24/7, AAC staff can listen to your story, discuss treatment options, explore payment types, and even verify your insurance benefits. Or, you can verify your own benefits online, and you can even sign up for text assistance if you don’t feel like talking.

Can the VA Cover the Cost of Rehab in Mississippi?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) covers the costs of substance abuse treatment for Veterans at least to some degree. VA benefits cover medically necessary SUD and mental health treatment, including inpatient hospital care, outpatient services, and extended care services for eligible individuals.4 Still, coverage eligibility and the amount of coverage you receive depends on your specific plan and your unique circumstances.

Do Other Insurance Providers Cover the Cost of Rehab?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that insurance providers cover essential benefits, including mental health and addiction treatment.5 So in the vast majority of cases, insurance will cover at least part of the costs for substance use disorder treatment.

Additionally, many facilities accept several different types of insurance. Oxford Treatment Center, for example, accepts insurance from the following carriers among many others:

Veteran-specific insurance providers such as CHAMPVA and TRICARE may also cover mental health services and alcohol and drug rehab for Veterans. Like other providers, your level of coverage varies depending on your specific policy and whether treatment is deemed medically necessary.6,7

What We Offer

Veterans in Mississippi have several options for substance use disorder treatment. Providers will work with you to determine the most appropriate level of care to suit your unique needs. Plus, you can step up or step down your treatment intensity to meet your evolving requirements.

AAC facilities offer multiple levels of care to meet you where you are in your recovery journey. Within the Veterans treatment track, each of the following care levels is customized to address the stressors and challenges of this unique population:8

  • Detox. The first step in a multistep treatment process, medically managed detox provides a safe and supervised environment where medications and support can be provided to ease withdrawal symptoms. The goal is to keep people as safe and as comfortable as possible as the body detoxes from various substances. 
  • Inpatient or residential rehab. An inpatient facility provides a safe, highly structured environment with 24/7 care and support. Addiction specialists use multiple evidence-based treatment approaches, such as behavioral and medication therapies along with individual, group, and family counseling, to help patients gain relapse-prevention skills and healthy coping mechanisms, all of which promote long-term sobriety.
  • Outpatient programs. Outpatient programs, which allow patients to live at home or in a sober living environment, offer similar therapeutic approaches to those of inpatient rehab, just at a lower intensity. Outpatient options include traditional outpatient care, intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), and partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) (aka day treatment). Also note that some programs offer telehealth treatment as well. 
  • Aftercare. To promote long-term recovery, addiction professionals recommend remaining in aftercare once you complete inpatient or outpatient care. Ongoing therapy, transitional living, and 12-Step groups are available to help people stay focused on recovery while transitioning back to daily life. 

Resources for Veterans in Mississippi

Along with the aforementioned options for alcohol and drug rehab for Veterans, a host of Mississippi resources provide referrals, treatment, and mental health assistance. Options include: 

  • The Rally Point: AAC. This specialized treatment program for Veterans is available at various AAC facilities including Oxford Treatment Center in Etta, MS.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Mississippi. This support group offers a space to share your story, heal, and connect with peers in alcohol recovery using the 12-Step principles.
  • Mississippi Region Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Similar to AA, NA provides mutual support groups for people with various substance addictions.
  • Make the Connection. This website provides a space for Veterans to share their life events and experiences and to encourage others facing similar battles. It also offers the ability to search by location for VA-specific resources.
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. This advocacy group works to create positive change for Veterans. It provides resources and an individual helpline where Veterans can seek mental health, housing, and financial support assistance.
  • Coaching into Care. Those supporting Veterans that are readjusting to civilian life, dealing with mental health problems, and more can access psychologists or social workers via this program.
  • Fisher House Program. Fisher House provides comfortable accommodations for families and caregivers of military members and Veterans who are receiving treatment at major VA and military medical facilities.
  • Military Spouse Transition Program. This transition program helps spouses through every phase of military life, including its many transitions.
  • Counseling Services. Military Veterans and dependents may be eligible for video counseling sessions. 

How to Get Help

AAC is dedicated to offering top-tier addiction treatment, no matter what substance you’re struggling with. Our facilities treat multiple addictions, including those related to substances such as:

If you or a loved one is ready to take the first step toward recovery, or you simply want to learn more about your options, AAC can help. Reach out for a free and confidential conversation via our hotline at . Reps can explain our specialized track for alcohol and drug rehab for Veterans. Plus, they can verify any insurance (or you can verify benefits online).  For those who prefer to text rather than talk, text assistance is also available.

Help and hope are available. Reach out now to take your first step toward recovery today.

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