We Are Dedicated to Serving Those Who Served Our Country

April 12, 2024

Military Intensive Outpatient Program, We Are Dedicated to Serving Those Who Served Our Country

No Meaningless Exercise: A Commitment to Fitness Supports Your Recovery

Many Veterans of our nation’s military branches are very proud of their service—and rightfully so. Our service members—no matter which branch of the military they chose—make any number of sacrifices to protect the country they love. But even this well-earned sense of pride is often not enough to help a Veteran transition from the military back into civilian life. After all, the structure and camaraderie of military service is hard to find as a civilian. As a result, many Vets find themselves struggling with mental health disorders, substance use disorders, or both. Due to the perceived disconnect between military life and civilian life, some Vets are extremely reluctant to seek out help for the challenges they are facing. They might be convinced that civilian care providers simply do not understand the problems faced by those in the military. They might be disappointed in themselves because they believe they should be strong enough to face challenges on their own. They might think that admitting to difficulties in civilian life somehow reflects poorly on their military service. Whatever the reason, too many Veterans avoid getting the help they need—and the results of that reluctance can be truly tragic. Fortunately, evidence-based, effective help designed specifically for those who have served in the military is available, and it can change the trajectory of a Veteran’s life before mental health or substance use issues overwhelm them. The Farley Center offers two such programs: The Tactical Recovery Program and our Military Intensive Outpatient Program (M-IOP). Let’s take a look at both approaches to helping Veterans (along with active duty or reserve personnel) who are struggling.

The Tactical Recovery Program

Of course, drug or alcohol use is not a problem that is unique to those who serve in the military. However, the particular triggers and stressors that come with a history of military service are very different from what most civilians experience. The Tactical Recovery Program was designed with this fact in mind, which means that Vets get treatment that addresses their experiences directly and specifically.  Those who participate in our Tactical Recovery Program have access to men’s and women’s groups, grief and loss groups, relapse prevention, pain management therapies, experiential therapies, and more.  Care does not come to a sudden stop following participation in the Tactical Recovery Program. The Farley Center offers robust aftercare programming as well as intensive outpatient therapy (which we will turn our attention to in the next section). The Tactical Recovery Program provides a space for Veterans to address a whole range of issues that may have arisen from their time in the military in addition to working toward long-term sobriety. The stresses of military service—ranging from combat exposure to suffering bodily injury and more—can be difficult to manage in healthy ways, but the Tactical Recovery Program offers resources and support to help Vets turn away from drugs and alcohol and toward a sustainable approach to life after the military.

The Military Intensive Outpatient Program

Sometimes a residential treatment program is not the perfect fit due to a person’s ongoing responsibilities, and so they need an approach that is effective and that also fits into their day-to-day life. Alternatively, as noted above, some people may benefit from engaging with an outpatient program after they have completed an inpatient program. The Farley Center’s Military Intensive Outpatient Program is designed with both of those kinds of needs in mind. The M-IOP serves current and former members of the armed forces, law enforcement, and first responders. The clinicians for the program all have a background in the military or in law enforcement. They have also had the training and experience necessary to provide effective treatment for those we serve. An outpatient program like M-IOP allows individuals to continue to work, go to school, and meet other commitments while still getting treatment for a substance use disorder and any co-occurring mental health disorders. The M-IOP offers ongoing support, structure, and accountability as it provides programming designed to reduce the risk of relapse and to address stressors that may be putting a person’s sobriety and mental well-being at risk.

At The Farley Center, We Get Vets

Everyone at The Farley Center—located in Williamsburg, Virginia—is honored to play a role in supporting the well-being of those who have served our country. If you are struggling with drugs or alcohol, with a mental health disorder, or both, we can help. We are wholly dedicated to serving Veterans with programs created with their specific needs in mind.  When you are ready to get started on the mission to regain your sobriety and improve your mental health, we are ready to get started.