Hawaii Island Recovery is dedicated to providing the most personalized care to battle addiction, and our trauma-informed programs are prepared to help veterans start their journey to a sober future today.

TriWest (triwest.com) is a healthcare alliance dedicated to serving veterans in all branches of the armed forces to help them process the unique difficulties that veterans face each day. Hawaii Island Recovery’s veteran-focused programming is bringing this specialized approach and community to the big island of Hawaii.

The Importance of Serving Our Veterans

Veterans of the armed forces carry with them national pride and images of strength, security, and heroism. However, the sacrifices made by veterans should never go overlooked, and giving back to veterans is paramount in showing appreciation for the work they have done.

Veterans suffer from an increased risk of trauma from exposure to the harrows of war in the field or vicariously through feeling the effects of loss. This stress and trauma can affect one’s mental state and increase the risk of using addictive substances. However, veterans are an integral part of society, and understanding their battles and giving back to veterans for their sacrifice is essential.

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Returning Veterans, Moral Injury, & Substance Abuse

Americans should keep in mind the enduring debt we owe to our country’s military returning veterans. As we honor the efforts and sacrifices of our soldiers on distant battlefields, Americans should keep in mind the enduring debt we owe to our country’s military veterans.

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Veterans’ Unique Struggles

Stress is a factor of anyone’s life, but members of the armed forces are exposed to excessive amounts of stress on a daily basis that can be difficult for others to comprehend. Between traumatic experiences in the field or even the emotional stress during training, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is exceptionally common among veterans. Facing armed conflict, losing brothers and sisters in arms, and maintaining a constantly vigilant eye for the potential of battle can be extraordinary taxing on one’s mental health. PTSD, anxiety, depression, and more can become more common among people in the armed forces with each passing day.

Veterans can also feel isolated in their struggles for a number of reasons. For some, the transition back to “normal” life outside of the military can be tough. It can be hard to find joy in sitting down and relaxing after one has been exposed to traumatic events, and this feeling of isolation in one’s experiences and perspective can bring additional feelings of loneliness, depression, and more, all of which can lead to the dangerous use of addictive substances. Acknowledging that veterans have lived a unique life with their own perspectives and experiences is the first step in serving those who have already served us.

Addiction can also be exceptionally common. Not only can the use of drugs or alcohol be prevalent among veterans in order to push down feelings of anxiety, depression, or traumatic experiences, but the pervasive imagery and expectations of bravery, safety, and strength can also be difficult to maintain, and veterans may feel as if they cannot reach out for help while maintaining these façades. Between the mental and emotional ramifications of being a member of the armed forces, the difficulty reaching out for help, and the trauma that one may carry each and every day, veterans have unique challenges and stressors that may impact their recovery. It is paramount to create an atmosphere and culture dedicated to understanding, serving, and helping veterans as valued members of our community.

Finding the Best Way to Serve

At Hawaii Island Recovery, our dedicated programs focus on the unique needs of veterans, first by creating a community of peers and understanding professionals in a safe space. Addressing trauma can be a vulnerable topic, and creating an atmosphere where one can feel heard and understood is crucial. This environment provides a healthy and safe space for veterans to explore their needs in sobriety while tackling emotional struggles.

Creating a space for supportive peers is also essential for reintroducing the essence of community. Feelings of isolation are a major barrier to seeking treatment, especially feelings that one must be alone in their struggles with substance use and trauma. Specialized, informed care is part of breaking through these feelings of isolation, and both Hawaii Island and TriWest are committed to providing this type of support to address the stressful and traumatic effects of one’s time in the military.

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With a maximum of 8 patients, Hawaii Island Recovery is committed to providing patient-centered care. Read more about Hawaii Island Recovery.

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Dedicating Ourselves to You

There is no easy way to tackle addiction, and veterans face their own unique battles each and every day. Above all, Hawaii Island Recovery is a resource, and creating a feeling of support is just the beginning of our dedication to the veteran community.

Each journey to sobriety and a healthy civilian lifestyle will be unique, and we are prepared to create a personalized program of coping strategies, community, experiential therapies, and spiritual exploration to address not just the effects of alcohol or drugs on one’s body, but also the emotional impacts that veterans face, in order to take the most effective strides toward a healthy future. 

As Hawaii Island Recovery continues to expand its treatment programs in Hawaii to address the needs of veterans, we continue to practice our carefully curated and effective trauma-informed approach to addiction. Whether you are just taking your first step in confronting an addiction to drugs or alcohol or are looking to connect with fellow veterans and peers in your continuing journey in sobriety, Hawaii Island can be an essential resource to help you find the right place to address your needs and goals. We offer an array of programs from detox to residential alcohol treatment and drug rehab programs, all working to create an effective, personalized approach to your future. For more information on how we will continue to support our veteran community or to talk to a caring, trained staff member about your unique needs and goals, call to speak to us today at (866) 390-5070.