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Veterans have a unique place in our rehabilitation program, as they’ve served our nation and acted selflessly. The team at Compassion Behavioral Health is committed to providing comprehensive and confidential care and giving back to those who have given us the ultimate gift – our freedom.


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Veterans at the Forefront

Compassionate and confidential care for our nation's heroes.
Compassion Behavioral Health offers a veterans rehab program in Florida, dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care for substance use and mental health disorders. Since these two conditions often co-exist, it’s critical that they are both addressed simultaneously. Our state-of-the-art facilities in Hollywood, Florida offer trained and experienced personnel, integrated treatment, and a full continuum of care.
Understanding and addressing unique mental health challenges faced by veterans.
Veterans have a unique place in our rehabilitation program, as they’ve served our nation and acted selflessly. The unique mental health challenges that veterans face don’t get nearly enough attention. It is our duty and honor to offer them specialized care and support in recognition of their sacrifices.
Committed to ensuring veterans don’t get left behind.
At Compassion Behavioral Health, we ensure veterans don’t get left behind. The team at CBH is committed to providing comprehensive and confidential care and giving back to those who have given us the ultimate gift – our freedom.

Mental Health Stats in Veterans

Did You Know?

20% of veterans experience PTSD annually.
Research suggests that as many as 20 percent of veterans experience PTSD in a given year, which is significantly higher than the general population.
Veterans' suicide rates surged by 25% in 2020.
Suicide rates of military service members and veterans are also at all-time highs, rising 25 percent in 2020.
1 in 3 veterans feel underserved in mental health support.
Not only do veterans suffer from high rates of mental illness, but also 1 in 3 feel that they don’t get the mental health support they need. Compassion Behavioral Health is here to change this.

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Common Mental Health Concerns Among Veterans

PTSD: Flashbacks, nightmares, and emotional distress, especially after exposure to combat.
PTSD is a significant concern among veterans, especially those who have been exposed to combat or traumatic events during their service. Common symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares and emotional distress.
Depression: Sadness, hopelessness, and disinterest in activities.
Veterans may experience depression, often related to their combat experiences, difficulties transitioning to civilian life or physical injuries. Symptoms include persistent sadness, loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite and feelings of hopelessness.
Anxiety Disorders: Increased stress from military life.
Anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder can affect veterans. These conditions can be exacerbated by the stress and uncertainty associated with military life and deployments.
Substance Use Disorders: A coping mechanism for mental health issues.
Some veterans turn to alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with their mental health issues. Substance use disorders can be a serious concern and may require specialized addiction treatment for veterans.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Cognitive and emotional challenges.
TBIs can result from blasts or head injuries during military service. They can lead to a range of cognitive and emotional symptoms, including mood swings, memory problems and irritability.
Suicidal Ideation: Veterans are 57% more at risk.
Some veterans, especially those struggling with PTSD or severe depression, may have thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Veterans are at a 57 percent higher risk of suicide than those who haven’t served.

Trauma & Substance Use in Veterans

Military Members Face Unique Traumatic Events.

Serving in the military can expose individuals to unique traumas like war zone deployment, training accidents, and sexual assault. Given the frequency of such events, veterans often face complex trauma not commonly seen in the general public.

Complex Link Between PTSD and Substance Use:

  • Self-medication with drugs or alcohol.
  • Exacerbation of PTSD symptoms.
  • Vicious cycle of dependency.
  • Barriers to mental health treatments.
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Cutting-edge PTSD Treatment for Veterans

Among the various mental health and addiction treatment programs that Compassion Behavioral Health offers, there are many treatment service options available for veterans, including:

Trauma-focused Therapies for Veterans

Trauma-focused psychotherapies are highly effective at helping veterans process traumatic experiences. The goal of these therapies is to reduce and eliminate traumatization.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
This type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treats PTSD in veterans. It helps individuals evaluate and change the upsetting thoughts associated with trauma.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is psychotherapy that helps individuals relieve stress linked to traumatic memories by activating their natural healing processes.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
A non-invasive procedure, TMS uses magnetic fields to stimulate brain cells to treat depression and other mental health conditions. It’s often an option for those who haven’t responded to other treatments.
Neurofeedback involves real-time monitoring of brain activity to help individuals regulate brain function. It’s an effective tool for treating anxiety, depression and PTSD.

Major Depressive Disorder Treatment

Depression is also common in veterans, with an estimated 20 percent suffering from this debilitating condition. Some of the best ways to treat depression include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This form of talk therapy identifies and changes negative thought patterns and behaviors associated with anxiety, depression, PTSD and substance use.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT teaches emotional regulation skills to help individuals develop healthier emotions and responses.
Peer support programs
Connecting veterans with others who have gone through similar experiences can be invaluable during the healing process. Whether through counseling, support groups or structured programs, peer support offers a safe space for sharing stories, gaining validation and building healthy relationships.
Family therapy
Depression also responds well to family therapy as it teaches family members how to recognize the signs of depression, improves communication and develops conflict resolution skills.


Mental Health Treatment for Veterans in Florida

Why Choose CBH?

Unique Co-occurring Treatment: Comprehensive mental health treatment and aftercare planning.
We are the only true co-occurring disorders treatment facility in Florida. We provide high-acuity mental health treatment and stabilization, case management services and aftercare planning with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Swift Admissions: Potential for same-day admission.
When a person is ready to seek help, there should be no delays. Compassion Behavioral Health is able to achieve same-day admissions in many cases due to our swift assessment and admission process.
Diverse Therapies: EMDR, neurofeedback, and TMS among others.
PTSD treatment for veterans should also include a wide range of therapies, such as depression, substance use and other mental health challenges. Some of the best therapies that treat PTSD are EMDR, neurofeedback and TMS treatment, which are all offered at our rehab center.
Dedicated Veteran Rehab Program Team: Special focus on veterans, including ex-military staff members.
Veterans deserve special care and attention, and the right rehab program will ensure they receive this. Compassion Behavioral Health has a dedicated team for our veterans program, with attentive care for each client. We even have ex-military members on our staff who provide a unique perspective on recovery.
Furthermore, our staff has accomplished PsychArmor, mental health first aid, SBIRT and crisis intervention. Our understanding of veteran needs is truly one-of-a-kind.
Accreditations: Licensed by CARF, the Joint Commission, and AHCA.
Accreditation and licensing ensure a high standard of care. Compassion Behavioral Health is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the Joint Commission and the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). We also maintain high standards with our low lead staff to patient ratios, which are 1:8 (industry standard is 1:15).
Part of VA Community Care Network: Ensuring veterans receive timely and quality care.
The VA CCN consists of community-based providers who make sure veterans receive the excellent care they deserve. They have partnered with OptumVA, part of UnitedHealth Group, to bring high-quality care to veterans at the right time. Compassion Behavioral Health is proud to be a VA Community Care Network provider.

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FAQ About Veterans Mental Healthcare

Mental health care can provide support, coping skills, and strategies for managing mental health challenges often faced by veterans, such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, and more. It can also help improve overall well-being, relationships, and daily functioning.
Some common challenges veterans may face in accessing mental health care include stigma, logistical barriers, concerns about confidentiality, financial constraints, and difficulty finding providers with expertise in veteran-specific mental health issues.
There are various therapy modalities that may be available for veterans, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Trauma-Focused Therapy. Each modality may have its own unique approach and techniques.
Veterans may have various payment options for mental health care, including coverage through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, or out-of-pocket payment. It's important to check with the specific provider or facility for their payment policies and options.
Veterans can reach out for mental health care in various ways, such as through the VA healthcare system, community mental health centers, private mental health providers, online telehealth services, or through mental health hotlines or helplines. Veterans can also speak with their primary care providers for referrals or recommendations.
During the first mental health care appointment, veterans can expect to provide information about their mental health concerns, medical history, and personal background. The mental health professional may conduct an assessment, discuss treatment options, and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to the veteran's needs.
Yes, mental health care for veterans is generally confidential, and information shared during therapy sessions is protected by federal and state privacy laws. However, there may be some exceptions, such as when there is a risk of harm to the veteran or others, or when required by law. It's important to discuss confidentiality with the mental health provider to understand the specific policies and limitations.

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Clients Who Have Completed Our Program Reported:
Reduction of PTSD Symptom
Data collected using PCL-6
Reduction of Anxiety Symptoms
Data collected using GAD-7
Reduction of Depressive Symptoms
Data collected using PHQ-9

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