TRICARE health insurance is a health care program offered exclusively to service members, both actively serving and retired, and their families. TRICARE doesn’t just offer its members medical and dental coverage in most of their plans, but also many forms of behavioral health coverage. This insurance carrier used to be known as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services.
TRICARE health insurance is managed by the United States’ Defense Health Agency, or Military Health System, whose mission consists of providing exceptional medical benefits for those who have to serve or have served our country, as well as their family members. Allure Detox is a TRICARE certified drug detox center, which means that we work closely with your insurance provider to help manage the costs of addiction treatment.
PTSD and Substance Abuse
Studies show PTSD and substance use problems are strongly related to people who served in the military and civilians. Some people try to cope with PTSD symptoms by drinking heavily, using drugs, or smoking too much. People who have problems with drugs or alcohol are also more likely to develop PTSD. The good news is that treatment works, and therapy can target both problems at the same time.
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), this is How Common Is Co-occurring PTSD and SUD in Veterans:
- More than 2 of 10 Veterans with PTSD also have SUD.
- Almost 1 out of every 3 Veterans seeking treatment for SUD also has PTSD.
- The number of Veterans who smoke (nicotine) is almost double for those with PTSD (about 6 of 10) versus those without a PTSD diagnosis (3 of 10).
- In the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, about 1 in 10 returning Veterans seen in VA have a problem with alcohol or other drugs.
- War Veterans with PTSD and alcohol problems tend to binge drink. Binge drinking is when a person drinks a lot of alcohol (4-5 drinks or more) in a short period (1-2 hours).
There Are Three Types of PTSD
- Re-experiencing: Overwhelming fears and unexpected flashbacks of the trauma
- Hyperarousal: Often feeling on edge, intense anger response and insomnia
- Avoidance: Feelings of guilt and depression (or having no feelings of attachment at all), difficulty remembering traumatic events, lack of interest in former hobbies, and avoiding places that trigger memories of trauma are all signs of avoidance.
Many ways the military deals with these stressors is drinking or drugs. Some drugs and drinking even start right after deployment as innocent enough as to relax, initiation or to wind down with the troop. It can get out of hand quickly as all addicts know.
So just like we are hesitant and embarrassed to ask for help, veterans are often hesitant to seek help not just it may be embarrassing but because of the stigma associated with substance abuse treatment and medical drug detox and the fear of losing their jobs.
The First Step to Addiction Recovery
Before any inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment, there is detox or withdrawal management. TRICARE health plans cover the management of withdrawal symptoms. For example, if a patient is going through inpatient or outpatient treatment, the initial detoxification process would be covered by the health plan. TRICARE health plans also include opioid treatment programs for persons struggling with opioid addiction.
Medical Detox at a TRICARE Certified Detox
The abuse of prescription opioid medication has been a continuous issue across the United States, and impacting uniformed service members, retired service members, and their families. TRICARE plans also cover medication-assisted treatment, which is a process utilizing buprenorphine and or suboxone in combination with behavioral therapy. A person may qualify if they have an opioid addiction, require a TRICARE certified medical detox, or need medical support due to the opioid addiction.
If you have a substance use disorder, TRICARE covers the management of your withdrawal symptoms while you get treatment.
At Allure Detox, we offer the following TRICARE drug detox and rehabilitation services:
- Inpatient services (emergency and non-emergency)
- Intensive outpatient programs
- Partial hospitalization programs
- Opioid treatment programs
- Office-based opioid treatment
- Residential substance use disorder treatment
Allure Detox is TRICARE Certified
If you or a loved one is a veteran and suffering from substance abuse, Allure Detox can help. When it comes to Allure Detox, we provide much more than the bare minimum. Of course, we help clients stop using safely – that’s just a given. Almost as important as that, though, is that we offer clients the foundation for a lifetime of relief and recovery.
That’s the Allure Detox promise: that patients leave our care with more than good health at their disposal. Our focus is on minimizing your withdrawal symptoms to a comfortable level while beginning the comprehensive treatment process that will keep you sober.