For Veterans who are struggling with alcoholism, addiction or alcohol and/or drug problems, their options through the VA are severely limited.. After waiting for long periods of time just be seen, veterans are shuffled into another waiting line for subpar treatment programs that employ disease-based and 12 Step methodologies that research has shown, at best, to be ineffective, and, at worst, to be quite harmful. Thus begins the constantly revolving door of addiction/recovery/relapse and the ever-growing feelings of powerlessness and helplessness over your substance use.
At these disease-based, 12 Step programs, brave, capable soldiers are told they are powerless and will forever struggle with an imaginary lifelong disease called called "alcoholism" or "addiction". . The results are tragic. According to a recent study, the suicide rate is doubled for veterans than for civilians facing a substance use issue. As constant news updates point out, the VA system is clearly flawed and does not effectively address the problems our veterans face when they return home. For many Veterans, substance use problems may be compounded by emotional struggles, some of which may be related to their combat experience, but the VA treatment system lumps every veteran in the same category. In VA treatment programs, it is common for veterans to be dual-diagnosed, labeled, and medicated with little or no one-on-one attention, counseling, or therapy. This allows the underfunded and overburdened VA system to see more patients in less time, but wait times to be seen, assessed, and treated can still take weeks or months.
At the Saint Jude Program, we know our Veterans are the true heroes in this country. They are not weak or sick and they are never labeled as such here. In direct contrast to the cold and sterile VA hospital setting, the St Jude Retreats are small, comfortable, home-like settings. You attend the retreats as a guest in our home, and are always treated with kindness, dignity, and respect. Our Program staff is readily available for private discussions at your request in addition to providing formal instructional sessions.
The St Jude Program uses a Cognitive Behavioral Learning process designed to guide veterans in taking back control of their lives. Whether you are struggling with issues regarding alcohol or drug use, relationships, trauma, re-acclimating to civilian life, or other emotional and behavioral issues, you will learn effective methods to fix each problem that will serve you well long after you have left the program.
If you or a loved one is a veteran who is struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction and/or other emotional or behavioral problems, we want to help. You can take heart knowing that your stay here is always kept completely confidential! Enrollment and attendance in the St Jude Program will never affect your ability to exercise your second amendment rights nor will it affect your security clearance or other areas that can be negatively impacted by an alcoholism, addiction or mental health diagnosis or attendance at VA treatment or other insurance-based addiction treatment programs and rehabs.