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Fort Hood’s new treatment program helps Soldiers with behavioral health, addiction issues

Posted By: wbhazel1 on October 30, 2011 at 8:48 am

This article written by Patricia Deal of The Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office has indeed provided us in the treatment community with a special treat! This is exciting news for the recovery community in uniform that is. FT Hood, the Army’s largest installation, has recently opened the very first Intensive Outpatient program within the Continental United States. There servicemembers will be treated for substance abuse and mental health issues simultaneously. Sure, we’ve known for quite awhile that this is the only treatment which is effective and provides the very best outcomes. The armed services, however, have had this level of care in overseas installations but this is indeed a breakthrough in the states and I wish them God Speed and the very best for all of our warriors to get the assistance they truly need and deserve.

This is quite notable also for FT Hood which houses a full tenth of active duty soldiers in the world. I realize that the behavioral health professionals at that installation are fully booked & overworked, as are local providers. We can only speculate on the politics involved in creating such a facility and the thoughts that some of those resources might be better allocated elsewhere. I am glad that this facility was allowed to be opened to provide a level of care enviable in their community. I have no doubt that this facility will have no shortage of patients ready-willing-and eager to avail of this modality of care. It is also refreshing to hear that the patients’ level of motivation will also be assessed to ensure that those entering care in this facility have the very best outcomes.

I felt it interesting to read one the account of the soldier/patient who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and spoke about receiving compassionate, nonjudgmental care that did not seek to assess blame but instead spoke of understanding and encouragement to do the work necessary to ameliorate his condition. I think that speaks volumes because sometimes in military communities that is forgotten. The servicemember KNOWS he or she is still in the military but for a few hours or weeks some of that needs to be put aside and allow them to be patients. Shame, guilt and humiliation (therapeutic community or old school) tactics have no place in our treatment facilities. It should be stamped wherever it may still linger.

Finally, it was refreshing to see the interdiciplinary team of a psychiatrist, clinical consultant, psychologist, director, social workers and counselors (certified addiction professionals, no doubt) all working together to provide the very best in clinical care.

Well, enough of my ramblings please enjoy the article BRAVO!!!!!!

William B. Hazel, III, ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Article:
Fort Hood’s new treatment program helps Soldiers with behavioral health, addiction issues

Fort Hood Program Seeks Better Care for Vets

Read the Transcript: to.pbs.org A new military program in Fort Hood, Texas warrants top of the line treatment for wounded soldiers coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq. Ray Suarez reports.

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