A Veteran’s Fight Against Substance Abuse

Military men and women bravely sacrifice their lives to protect the lives of others. On one hand, they are celebrated for their accomplishments and on the other, left to lead a life of struggle and hardships. 

What many fail to remember is the horror and strife our Veterans endure in battle. The memories they harbor can and often do last a lifetime. So, how can we help? Here at Ridgeview Ranch Addiction Treatment Center, we start by targeting the root of substance abuse and work on healing from within. 

Co-Occurring Disorders

According to the National Institute on Drug Use, “More than one in ten veterans have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder, slightly higher than the general population.” 

Often Veterans lean towards drugs and alcohol for comfort. Many experiencing co-occurring disorders such as PTSD and depression, which increases their risk of addiction. Ridgeview Ranch employs a number of specialized treatment programs designed to help Veterans get the help they need.  

Rehabilitation for Veterans

As one of a few Veteran-Approved Drug Rehabilitation Centers in Los Angeles, we understand the importance our services provide to the community. Every day, more and more people retire from the military with mental health issues they are accustomed to hiding. We challenge this dialogue in a warm and welcoming environment, teaching Veterans the core values of healthy living and sober decisions.  

 Detox Programs That Work 

Memories of tragedy and warfare are not easy to leave behind and oftentimes trigger co-occurring disorders such as PTSD and drug addiction. Gone are the days of struggling with substance abuse on your own. The staff at Ridgeview Ranch is committed to supporting Veterans before, during, and after their recovery from addiction.  

If you or someone you know is struggling to find a Veteran-centered detox program that works, call (877) 526-7706 for a free, confidential consultation. The path to healing begins at Ridgeview Ranch

Is Alcoholism Genetic?

There are many factors that contribute to alcohol use disorder. Some believe it’s a fault of the environment we surround ourselves with and the people that have influenced and will influence our daily lives. 

There is, however, much more evidence to suggest that while work, stress, and relationships play a role in how one manages anxiety, our genetic makeup is responsible for at least half of the reason why someone could become addicted. 

Alcoholism does not stem from one source or gene. It comes from a combination of traits passed down from our parents and their parents before them. There are certain gene sequences that show a greater chance of developing alcohol use disorder. But, one thing remains clear. Alcoholism is fueled by risky environmental factors and the way they influence a person’s prepositioned behavioral traits. 

Here at Ridgeview Ranch, Los Angeles’ Premier Addiction Treatment Center, we help alcoholics identify and overcome major risk factors that may be contributing to their drug habitats. Risky environmental factors include aggression, abuse, peer pressure, poor social skills, and drug experimentation. All of which are addressed in our comprehensive addiction treatment programs. 

“Mental illness increases the likelihood of developing alcoholism by 20% to 50%.” – Addiction Center 

We know that mental health also plays a part in alcoholism. Mental health disorders are genetically influenced, just as alcoholism is, making the likelihood of developing an addiction even higher. 

Ridgeview Ranch staffs a team of dedicated professionals specifically assigned to target co-occurring disorders within our California Drug Rehabilitation Programs. We know that addiction is a complicated disease. And, while factors and daily influences may vary, we strive to help those struggling navigate through the waters of detox and discover the path to healing! 

Chances are someone you know is losing the battle between alcohol and addictive genetic traits. Pass this information along! Ridgeview Ranch encourages all individuals to break the family chain of alcohol use disorder. And, as always, we’re here. Call (877) 526-7706 to speak with a recovery specialist today.