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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

 

Addictions Treatment Program

Abuse of substances such as alcohol, drugs or tobacco can lead to increased risk of injuries, accidents and/or physical and mental health problems. Although quitting is difficult, Veterans do not have to do it alone. The Addictions Treatment Program at Truman VA consists of a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and social workers who provide consultation and individual and group services for Veterans struggling with addiction to alcohol or drugs.

The main goal of the Addictions Treatment Program is to help Veterans develop a fulfilling lifestyle free from drugs and alcohol. This involves a comprehensive treatment approach that focuses on improving emotional well-being, developing a positive social network, learning to cope with cravings and risky situations, obtaining satisfying, gainful employment (or, if the Veteran is unable to work, figuring out how to spend time in productive ways such as volunteer work) and exploring a variety of healthy recreational activities.

Specific services we provide include:

  • A variety of empirically-based treatments for substance abuse including Community Reinforcement, Motivational Enhancement and Cognitive Behavioral Relapse Prevention.
  • BH Lodger Unit. There are 15 lodger beds for Veterans who need to participate in the intensive, daily programming as a lodger.
  • Psychiatry services.  These include medications for substance abuse as well as treatment for co-occurring psychiatric disorders.
  • Individualized and comprehensive treatment planning with a therapist who specializes in substance abuse.
  • A wide variety of group therapy opportunities designed to address issues relating to substance abuse.
  • Resources for vocational rehabilitation
  • Resources for housing
  • Recreation therapy
  • Chaplain services
  • AA, CA and NA meeting are available in the evenings.