Therapy for Veterans
Veterans And Their Families Face Many Life Challenges
If you are a veteran, you may have faced a traumatic experience, such as witnessing violence, partaking in active combat, suffering abuse or losing fellow service members and friends to war. Trauma may continue to burden you throughout your daily life. You may have frequent intrusive flashbacks, distressing nightmares or overwhelming memories tied to your past experiences. You may experience some of the physical symptoms of trauma, such as fatigue, aches and pains, a racing heartbeat and poor concentration. Perhaps after you were discharged, you felt lost and confused when you returned home. You may now feel distant from your spouse, children, friends, family members or coworkers because they do not seem to understand your experiences. Even though you are ready to get your life back on track, you may not know where to turn for help in your community. In an attempt to escape the side effects of emotional or physical trauma, it’s possible that you have turned to drugs or alcohol to find a sense of escape or security. Your fears, addictions or mood swings may have led to job loss or legal trouble. Without a stable job, support from your family or connections within your community, you may have resorted to living on the street. If you are homeless, you may feel like you have no hope for getting sober, finding emotional stability or building a positive future for yourself. Deep down, you may wish you could find the support you need to get your life back on a positive track and confidently move forward.
If you are the family member of a veteran, you may have noticed a drastic change in your loved one’s mood since he or she returned from service. Your family member may often seem constantly irritable, angry, sad or anxious. He or she may have withdrawn from your family, avoided social gatherings or refused to leave your home for extended periods of time. If you are the spouse of a veteran, it’s possible you have been woken up in the night by your partner’s nightmares or irregular sleep schedule, heightening your concerns about his or her wellbeing. When your veteran experiences a flooding of emotions triggered by a particular sight, sound, taste or smell, you may worry about his or her physical safety and feel helpless to relieve his or her pain. It’s possible you have seen your loved one consuming several alcoholic beverages or prescription pills each day, and now you are concerned he or she is heading toward a life threatening addiction. You may wish your family member could clear his or her painful memories, prioritize his or her truest goals and move forward in a healthy and connected life.
The good news is that no matter how a veteran struggles in life, he or she can always reach out to the Bodhi Battalion for housing assistance, engaging veteran therapy sessions and a community-centered environment tailored to his or her needs.
It’s Very Common For Veterans To Feel Overwhelmed And Face Obstacles
Veterans who struggle with reintegration issues, PTSD and/or substance abuse problems are not alone. In a Washington Post survey of service members, 50 percent of respondents said re-adjusting to civilian life was difficult after they returned from active duty. Studies by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse have found that rates of PTSD and prescription drug abuse among veterans may be double the civilian rates. For veterans who experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), PTSD and substance abuse may be even more common because of the added physical and emotional stress they underwent during the time of their injury.
The Bodhi Battalion Offers Expert Support And Individualized Therapy For Veterans
The Bodhi Battalion is committed to helping those who served our country find relief and live a rewarding life. Whether you are a veteran who struggles to find emotional stability or you are the family member of a veteran who is concerned about your loved one’s wellbeing, help is available.
The Bodhi Battalion’s safe and compassionate therapy for veterans sessions aim to help veterans and their families heal, find peace and improve all areas of their lives. That is, in addition to addressing mental health needs, we also help him or her find stable housing, positively engage with the community, resolve legal issues, hold a steady job and connect with his or her loved ones. We believe that by broadening our scope and creating the opportunity for veterans to learn and live with more joy, we can offer the most effective environment for growth.
Veterans will work one-on-one with our network of service providers to determine their needs and goals. If a veteran is need of housing, we will first provide him or her with housing assistance – either through offering one of Bodhi Battalion’s units or helping him or her find subsidized housing and make rental deposit payments.
Depending on the individual veteran’s challenges, the Bodhi Battalion may work with him or her in one or more of the following therapy sessions: PTSD treatment, substance abuse treatment or wellness coaching.
Our network of experienced service providers can work with veterans through a variety of treatment approaches, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and brainspotting, in order to clear the effects of trauma and eliminate triggers that lead to drug and alcohol abuse. Depending on the needs and personality of the veteran, we may also choose to practice breathing techniques and muscle relaxing exercises during sessions to help veterans gain a sense of calmness when they face difficult life situations.
In addition to helping veterans move past painful memories and build their confidence, we can also help them improve their communication patterns with their loved ones during individual sessions and military family therapy sessions. Veterans will have the opportunity to learn how to effectively listen and convey their needs to their family members, friends and coworkers. During wellness coaching sessions, we can even go further and help veterans fortify their bonds and maximize their overall happiness in life.
The Bodhi Battalion is committed to serving our veterans who have so bravely made sacrifices in their lives for our country. We believe that no matter how much a veteran struggles in life, he or she always has hope to move forward in a connected and rewarding life.
Learn More About Therapy For Veterans
If you are interested in learning more about seeking therapy for veterans, please contact us or follow the following links for more detailed information: PTSD treatment, substance abuse treatment or wellness coaching We are happy to answer any questions you may have about therapy or other ways we can help you or your loved one.