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How to Help Veterans with Mental Illness

In the United States, millions of veterans suffer from mental health conditions each year. Among veterans with mental illness, many feel isolated or beyond help. But at Heroes’ Mile, we do everything in our power to remind our service members that they can find help. Whether you’re a veteran yourself or concerned about one, this...
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The Link Between Addiction to Prescription Drugs and Veterans

In the United States, there are millions of veterans who return home with service-related injuries. Unfortunately, the risk of addiction to prescription drugs in veterans with these impairments has been on the rise.  Here’s what service members need to know about the connection between addiction to prescription drugs and veterans who have been injured or...
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Veteran PTSD Statistics That Everyone Should Know

Understanding veteran PTSD statistics is the first step in receiving rehabilitative care. By understanding your risk of PTSD, you can better address any resulting addiction or mental health problems. Rates of PTSD differ based on several factors, so read on to determine how likely post-traumatic stress disorder is to affect you or your loved one....
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Do I Need Veteran Drug Rehabilitation?

As a service member, knowing when it’s time for veteran drug rehabilitation can be difficult. You may feel unsure about whether your symptoms are “bad enough” to warrant treatment, or you might feel pressure to handle addiction and mental health issues on your own. Unfortunately, substance use disorders and invisible wounds of war rarely go...
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The Best Treatments for PTSD and Addiction

Many people who struggle with substance use disorders also have symptoms of mental health struggles. Though treatment options for co-occurring disorders continue to improve throughout the country, treating post traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders is a specialized task. This article details everything you need to know about the link between post-traumatic stress disorder...
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Drug Rehab Programs for Veterans: 5 Things to Look For

Are you looking for drug rehab programs for veterans? As you know, veterans have unique needs that need to be addressed in addiction treatment. This is especially true for veterans with PTSD, depression, and other mental wounds of war. But how do you know which drug rehab programs for veterans provide the right type of...
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What Is My Why: Lindsey A., Receptionist

My name is Lindsay and I am a receptionist as well as a grateful recovering addict. My battle with addiction started when I was 16, and I quickly found myself spiraling in a constant search for more drugs. Sadly, getting my next high was my life’s purpose for seven years. I spent most of that...
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Finding Help for Veterans with PTSD

For many friends and families of service members, finding help for veterans with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can feel impossible. Living with PTSD can lead to substance abuse, damage relationships, and generally lower the quality of life for military personnel. Whether you’re a family member, a friend, or a veteran yourself, everyone can benefit by...
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What’s My Why: Jose L., Recovery Advocate

My name is Jose Lopez, and I supervise the Recovery Advocate Dept. Basically, it’s my job to make sure there are no issues in the department. Beyond that, I facilitate group therapy and make the schedule for our Recovery Advocates. I have worked at Heroes’ Mile since the first day we opened. I troubleshoot any...
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What’s My Why: David Cartagena, Director of Programs

My name is David Cartagena, and I have been Heroes’ Mile’s Director of Programs since the treatment center opened in June of 2019. My responsibilities include supervising our therapists and recovery advocates, facilitating treatment team meetings, reviewing client charts, monitoring group therapy sessions, and setting our clinical schedule. I have worked in addiction recovery for...
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