Tactical Recovery Helps Veterans with Addiction and PTSD

Our Tactical Recovery program is effective in helping Veterans struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD. The program provides a unique approach to healing that combines physical fitness, mindfulness practices, and support from fellow Veterans. By addressing the co-occurring disorders of addiction and PTSD, Tactical Recovery’s approach to healing shows promising results for many Veterans.

Understanding the Connection Between PTSD and Addiction in Veterans

Post-traumatic stress disorder and substance addiction in Veterans is a complex condition deeply rooted in the trauma and stress of military service. Combat and wartime experiences often leave indelible marks on Veterans, resulting in PTSD, a condition characterized by distressing memories, heightened anxiety, and a host of other debilitating symptoms

To numb these symptoms or escape from the grip of PTSD, some Veterans find solace in substance use. This coping mechanism, while offering temporary relief, can spiral into addiction, creating a vicious cycle that compounds their mental health challenges. The presence of addiction and PTSD, known as co-occurring disorders, intensifies the struggle for Veterans, as each condition can exacerbate the symptoms of the other. 

What is Tactical Recovery?

Tactical Recovery is an innovative program developed in conjunction with PsychArmor and tailored for Veterans battling the challenges of drug or alcohol addiction, PTSD, anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, or co-occurring disorders. Unlike conventional recovery methods, the Tactical Recovery program is deeply rooted in the understanding of the military and the unique psychological and physical demands faced by those in service. 

Three Critical Benefits of our Tactical Recovery Program 

Participating in our program provides many benefits for Veterans navigating the complexities of addiction and PTSD. Below are the three most critical ones.

  1. Engaging in structured physical activities not only leads to an enhancement in overall physical wellness but also significantly boosts mental strength and self-esteem. The improvement in physical fitness provides a sense of accomplishment and progress that is tangible and measurable.
  2. The incorporation of mindfulness techniques promotes a significant improvement in emotional well-being. Veterans learn to use the power of present-moment awareness, which is a critical tool in managing the intrusive thoughts and flashbacks of PTSD. Mindfulness empowers them to establish a healthier relationship with their thoughts and emotions, fostering a sense of peace and emotional stability.
  3. The opportunity to connect with fellow Veterans who have endured similar experiences cultivates an environment of mutual understanding and empathy. This sense of camaraderie not only alleviates feelings of isolation but also reinforces the Veterans’ commitment to their recovery journey. Through shared experiences, Veterans find strength in vulnerability, encouraging each other to persevere through challenges and celebrate milestones of recovery together.

Tactical Recovery Program at English Mountain Recovery

Located in the Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee, English Mountain Recovery offers the Tactical Recovery program for Veterans, active military personnel, and first responders. Based on the 12 Steps, English Mountain Recovery’s treatment programs promote whole-person healing. We have specifically trained staff certified by the PsychArmor program to address the needs of Veterans. 

Our Veterans program includes a wide array of programming options, including medically supervised detox, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychoeducation, meditation and mindfulness, SMART recovery, individualized treatment, and relapse prevention planning.

Additional programming options include:

English Mountain Recovery also offers community meetings and areas for recreation and leisure, including hiking areas, a basketball court, a weight room, and a swimming pool.

English Mountain Recovery Can Help

If you or a loved one is grappling with drug or alcohol addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, or co-occurring disorders, English Mountain Recovery can help. Now is the time to take the first step to regain control of your life. Contact us today.