While only 7% of the general population can claim veteran status, nearly 13% of homeless adults have served our country in the military. Though many factors can contribute to homelessness after discharge from active duty, the presence of substance use disorders and other mental and behavioral health issues is the strongest predictor.
Why Do Veterans Need Addiction and Mental Health Treatment?
Veterans experience various challenges and stressors that would be inconceivable for most civilians. In the line of duty, you may have undergone traumatic events such as sexual assault and serving in combat. These issues can threaten your mental well-being, even if you have typically been emotionally resilient.
Mental illness can be debilitating, affecting every aspect of your life and undermining your relationships with loved ones. Some people self-medicate symptoms like intrusive thoughts, mood swings, insomnia and suicidal ideas with alcohol and drugs. As a result, substance abuse is widespread among former service members, with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reporting that more than two in 10 veterans with PTSD also have a co-occurring substance use disorder.
Veterans can experience homelessness if instability makes it too difficult for them to stay employed. Military occupations and training do not always translate to the civilian workforce, putting some former service members at a disadvantage when looking for good-paying jobs.
Compassionate Treatment for Homeless Veterans
Many displaced and at-risk veterans live with the lingering effects of PTSD and substance abuse, compounded by a lack of family and social support networks. Even if you are unhoused, we believe you deserve a high standard of care.
At Hope by the Sea, we understand that veterans crave the camaraderie they found in the military. Living in a comfortable, substance-free environment surrounded by fellow veterans provides the structure you need to regain control of your life. From the moment you arrive at our California treatment facility, we’ll provide you with necessities like toiletries, clothes and nutritious food, immediately restoring your integrity, dignity and pride.
Because we know large groups of people can be intimidating for those living with anxiety and PTSD, we limit our residents to no more than 14 people per home. All our houses have designated parking areas, and some have amenities like pools.
Accredited Treatment for California Veterans
Hope by the Sea belongs to the VA’s Community Care Network, offering mental and behavioral health care to current and former military service members who now find themselves struggling with substance use disorders or mental health issues. Our experienced health providers can diagnose and treat complex conditions like schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder with evidence-based methods like individual and group therapy.
Despite having access to VA benefits and services, many veterans do not get the care they need. You may be eligible to enroll in our CCN-approved rehab if the VA cannot meet their criteria for location and appointment availability. Hope by the Sea has designed our veterans-only inpatient treatment program to address the unique challenges faced by people who have served our country. We also accept TriWest and TRICARE.
The VA system can be challenging to navigate, especially if you are already struggling with your mental well-being. At Hope by the Sea, we understand the sacrifices you have made in serving our country because we have active-duty and reserve military members on our staff. Our veterans’ inpatient treatment program is here to help you if you believe you have nowhere else to turn. Reach out when you are ready to learn more.