Call Now! 866-415-6313

4.8 Rating | 5,000+ Clients Treated Since 2016

Addiction & Mental Health Treatment California

Veterans (VA) Program Treatment Center Orange County California

Clinically Reviewed by: Charee Marquez, LMFT

Drug and Alcohol Treatment for Veterans

For people in the military, risking their lives serving the country is probably the hardest thing to do. However, statistics show that they have an even more difficult time when they come home as veterans. After the high-pressure, highly regimented life in the military, learning to reintegrate into a civilian lifestyle is nothing short of a traumatic transition that they may never recover from. Veterans are especially susceptible to substance use disorders when they undergo dishonorable discharge because of zero-tolerance policies and random drug tests while on active duty. Unfortunately, this leads them toward dependence on substances such as alcohol, drugs, opioids, and other prescription medications.

Some sobering statistics:

  • 1.3 million veterans with a substance use disorder
  • 7.5% of them rely heavily on alcohol
  • 3.5% use marijuana
  • 1.7% use other illicit drugs
  • 21% reported opioid overdosing
  • 30% use tobacco or related products

Our compassionate and caring team at California Prime Recovery provides a range of services specifically tailored to support the unique needs of our veterans, not only for their substance use issues but more importantly, their trauma and other mental health issues so that they can return to civilian life and find fulfillment through other avenues.

Addiction and Mental Health Issues Among Veterans

Whether it’s the aftereffects of the high-stress environment during active duty, or traumatic reintegration into civilian life, studies among veterans show higher rates of substance abuse and addiction. Combined with the fact that there is a stigma against seeking treatment among military personnel, many veterans do not seek help. The unfortunate impact of this is that veterans are significantly affected by critical issues related to addiction and mental health.

Most commonly abused substances by veterans:

Most common mental health issues affecting veterans:

Addiction and Mental Health Treatment for Veterans

The good news is that when veterans receive proper diagnosis and treatment, their rates of recovery are significantly higher than the general population. Dual diagnosis is an important step toward uncovering co-occurring disorders with addiction and related mental health issues such as trauma, depression, and anxiety.

California Prime Recovery offers the following services that can greatly aid the unique challenges that veterans encounter with substance use and abuse, as well as their impact on mental health.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual diagnosis is a term used to describe people who suffer from both mental illness and substance use disorder (SUD). People who suffer from dual diagnoses often struggle with depression, anxiety disorders, or bipolar disorder. They may also experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, or other mood disorders like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Treatment for dual diagnosis should address both the mental health condition and the substance use disorder in parallel. Experienced clinicians and therapists can effectively treat dual diagnosis using therapy, medication, and aftercare.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

According to American Addiction Centers, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a valuable treatment tool for trauma as well as addiction. At California Prime Recovery we use CBT extensively as part of our treatment services. We also use other evidence-based practices such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Enhancement and Interviewing as options.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy is another treatment modality that’s particularly effective in veterans. Because veterans typically don’t share the experiences they had during active duty, they suppress their emotions and try to cope using substances. Group Therapy provides a safe space for them to receive understanding, empathy, and compassion as they work through their challenges and issues. Confidentiality is an integral part of group therapy, and therefore it can help provide a sense of belonging while they learn how to reintegrate back into civilian life.

Outpatient Programs

The key to recovery success is long-term support. This is even more true in the case of veterans battling a range of uniquely challenging issues. At California Prime, we offer several types of outpatient programs such as Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), and Outpatient Programs (OP). Our outpatient programs offer flexible scheduling options so that veterans can participate even as they transition out into civilian life.

Rehab for Veterans at California Prime

Interested in working with us for your recovery? Do not hesitate to reach out to ask about our variety of services and treatment programs. You can also schedule a tour of our comfortable, drug-free facilities. We work with a wide range of insurance providers so that you can find the treatment that is most beneficial for you. Verify your insurance.


Veterans may struggle with substance use disorders due to the stress and trauma experienced during active duty, difficulties reintegrating into civilian life, and the availability of substances. Zero-tolerance policies and random drug tests during military service can also lead to dependence on substances upon discharge.

Approximately 1.3 million veterans in the United States have a substance use disorder. Notably, 7.5% rely heavily on alcohol, 3.5% use marijuana, 1.7% use other illicit drugs, and 21% have reported opioid overdosing. Additionally, 30% of veterans use tobacco or related products.

The most commonly abused substances among veterans include alcohol, tobacco, opioids, and marijuana. These substances often become coping mechanisms for veterans dealing with stress and mental health challenges.

Veterans commonly experience mental health issues such as trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), high levels of anxiety and other anxiety disorders, depression and related disorders, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) leading to physical and psychological challenges.

Treatment for veterans with co-occurring disorders has shown significantly higher rates of recovery compared to the general population. Dual diagnosis treatment, which addresses both the mental health condition and the substance use disorder concurrently, is crucial for their recovery.

Give us a call.
We are standing by and ready to help.

Get Help Now​

Get More Info By Filling Out The Form Below

We work with most insurance plans

Verify Your Insurance Benefits today.

Come work with us

Get Help Now

Admission Coordinators are available 24/7.
Take Control Of Your Life and Call Now.