Warriors Heart Releases Tools for Veteran Healing for National Recovery Month

Thursday, September 27, 2018 General News
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The Warriors Heart residential treatment program unveils tools for healing our warriors (military, veterans and first responders) in sync with National Recovery Month.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Sept. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- For National Recovery Month (September), Warriors Heart

releases new long-term recovery tools proven to assist in healing our "warriors" struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, PTSD and recurring issues. From 9/11 to 911, this "warriors only" (military, veterans and first responders) program's mission is "to heal our nation's warriors."

Using evidence-based approaches, along with new tools, Warriors Heart helps protectors prepare for life after treatment to win their "War At Home." Sadly, the U.S. loses more soldiers at home versus in combat with an average of 20 veteran suicides per day (VA Study, 2016) and 1 Law Enforcement Officer every 62.5 hours. Warriors Heart's Vision is to "Bring 1 Million Warriors Home."

After completing treatment at Warriors Heart, Retired Green Beret (U.S. Army) Teddy Lanier reflected, "They gave me the tools to deal with situations of which I couldn't handle as it relates to self-medicating, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and certain psychological issues. You had to work every single day - for your life. I can't say enough for the facility itself."

Warriors Heart's holistic healing program works on the mind, body and spirit to heal our protectors. The unique tools provided include, but are not limited to:

1.    Peer-to-Peer Healing – By being with "peers only" at Warriors Heart versus mixed with civilians, it removes the stigma and shame many protectors feel admitting a need for help. Through this peer-to-peer healing, protectors are able to share different recovery methods that work amongst their population. Other than the VA (Veterans Administration), Warriors Heart is the only place in the country that heals "warriors only."

2.    Whole Body Treatment for Addiction and PTSD – The VA typically has two separate programs for veterans struggling with addiction and PTSD compared to Warriors Heart who treats the whole person. Other treatment programs may have "tracks" for warriors, but are mixed with others who may not understand what warriors go through, and the tools may be different. At Warriors Heart, military, veterans and first responders can openly discuss complex challenges from all of these issues at the same time, in a safe place with fellow warriors.

3.    Finding Your Why - Going to treatment with fellow protectors allows warriors to process and identify the "why" behind using substances as a coping mechanism. By identifying a why and processing, it provides a new coping mechanism to stay sober when going home.

4.    Traditional Healing with "Warriors Only" Team – Warriors Heart's traditional healing includes a minimum 42-day program with group therapy, individual therapy, peer-to-peer groups, family healing, experiential and educational groups. Clients are treated with dignity and respect by a "Warriors Team" who understands their pain. Every employee has either been a warrior or has a loved one who has served.

5.    Non-Traditional Healing Tools – Along with the Warriors Heart clinical program, clients heal with non-traditional healing tools that replace bad habits with good ones. For example, some Warriors Hearts' tools include Jujitsu, Meditation, Wood and Metal Shop, fishing on-site, biofeedback, working with emotional support dogs, and new technologies such as Enso.

6.    Solid Long-Term Recovery Plan – When warriors prepare to go home, Warriors Heart works closely with each individual to build a solid long-term recovery plan. This customized plan may include a sponsor, AA meetings, meetings with therapists, financial training, job skills training, goal setting and other tools to guide clients. Before leaving, clients also work on what their home environment will be like, such as making sure it is their sanctuary.

7.    Aftercare with Family – Once a client leaves Warriors Heart, a free Aftercare Program is part of the long-term recovery. Aftercare includes the clinical team regularly checking in and potential therapy with alumni. Family are also invited to participate in this program to help with the transition back to a home environment.

8.    Spiritual Recharge – Alumni can come back and visit for a spiritual recharge. This can be a day to a weekend where they attend meetings and alumni groups, to gain a recharge if they feel they are slipping or just want to reconnect. Alumni often refer to Warriors Heart as home.

And in recognition of this innovative Warriors Heart program, the team was honored during National Recovery Month at the 4th Annual Fresh Thyme Golf Classic on Wed, Sept 19, 2018, just outside Chicago, Illinois. This tournament raised funds to support Warriors Heart Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) that supplements insurance costs and provides some scholarships to clients, along with donating to support treatment at Warriors Heart and other programs. Anyone can support this foundation: http://warriorsheartfoundation.org

Media Contact for Warriors Heart: Liz Kelly: 310-987-7207

About Warriors Heart (Bandera, Texas near San Antonio): Warriors Heart provides the first and only private accredited treatment program in the U.S. for "Warriors Only" (military, veterans and first responders) faced with the self-medicating struggles of alcohol addiction, prescription and drug addiction, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), mild TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and other recurring issues in a private, 40-bed facility on a 543-acre ranch. Along with a minimum 42-day peer-to-peer residential treatment program, Warriors Heart gives "Warriors" the option of Day Treatment, Outpatient, and Sober Living (60-day minimum). Warriors Heart's work has been featured on CBS Health Watch, KENS5 CBS San Antonio, FOX 10 Phoenix, CBS 46 Atlanta, NBC Bay Area, ABC 10 San Diego, and in Forbes, Chicago Tribune, The American Legion Magazine, Addiction Pro magazine, San Antonio Express-News and many more. There is a 24-hour Warriors Heart hotline (844-448-2567) answered by warriors. http://warriorsheart.com


SOURCE Warriors Heart Foundation

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