Salute to Recovery

Veteran & First Responder Focused Addiction Treatment

  • A comprehensive treatment path dedicated to helping veterans and first responders get the care they need to overcome substance use disorders, all in our therapeutic residential program in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Learn more about the Salute to Recovery Program at Desert Hope Treatment Center.

The Salute to Recovery Program is a program offering co-occurring disorder treatment to dedicated to military veterans and first responders whose lives have changed and become unmanageable due to substance use and mental health challenges such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression.

Life in service is commonly associated with experiencing and witnessing trauma, which puts these individuals at high risk of substance use, making it difficult to:

  • Manage a work/life balance
  • Protect against stress-related disorders
  • Identify the impacts on self and loved ones
  • Make healthy connections with others
  • Recognize the beginning stages of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

The treatment team understands these challenges and the requirement for specialized treatment and unique recovery programs. This is the inspiration for the Salute to Recovery Program.

Our treatment team utilizes proven treatment methods that are focused on resiliency and that assist the veteran or first responder in developing solid strategies to promote positive decision-making and long-term, sustainable lifestyle changes:

Our treatment includes:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) (informal groups)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Anger Management
  • 12-Step Facilitation and Community Based Support Group Meetings
  • Communication Skills
  • Individual Therapy and Group Treatment Modalities
  • Family and Couples Counseling
  • Life Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Coping Skills

Embedded in the Salute to Recovery program is the First Responder and Military Lifeline curriculum that was created by American Addiction Centers in collaboration with Employment Assistance Professionals.  The program includes the following topics:

  • First Responder and Military Culture
  • The Hypervigilant Rollercoaster
  • Character and Values
  • Impact of Stress
  • Post Traumatic Responses
  • Family & Relationships
  • Cognitive Distortions
  • Needs in Recovery

Salute to Recovery at Desert Hope welcomes veterans of all branches of the armed forces, as well as current and retired first responders:

  • Firefighters
  • Law Enforcement Officers
  • Emergency Medical Services Providers
  • Dispatchers and Emergency Communications Personnel
  • Correctional Officers/Probation-Parole Officers

The Battalion at Desert Hope

We consider every veteran and first responder in our Salute to Recovery program a member of our battalion, a group formed in the one of the most important moments of each member’s life: the beginning of recovery. We know that, as a veteran or first responder,  you’ve seen so much more than the average person and you may feel as if your experiences are impossible to understand.

In our program, you’ll be surrounded by those who do understand, people you can talk to who will just get it. These people will be your community at Desert Hope. From your staff members to your peers, your battalion will be comprised of people who can relate to what you’ve been through and who will not only support you but hold you accountable. Our hope is that our battalion members will form a bond that won’t be easily broken after treatment is complete. This group can seek support from each other not only during treatment but as alumni as they return to their daily lives.

A Typical Day:

MON – FRI SAT SUN
8:30am-10:00am CBT/DBT Group with General Population CBT/DBT Group with General Population CBT/DBT Group with General Population
10:15am-11:45am Salute to Recovery Program CBT/DBT Group with General Population CBT/DBT Group with General Population
12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
1:00pm-2:30PM Salute to Recovery Process Group Family Day CBT/DBT Group with General Population
2:45PM-4:15PM PIT (Post-Intensive Treatment) Battalion CBT/DBT Group with General Population CBT/DBT Group with General Population

Download or print the brochure with the weekly schedule.

Get Help Today

According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide every single day. Our program aims to reduce this tragic number by offering the lifesaving treatment that veterans and first responders need. We also know that short-term treatment is only the first step in changing your life, so we work with our veterans and first responders to ensure they are set up with the resources they need (e.g., housing, VA appointment, mental health resources, and local meetings)  to live in recovery once they complete our program.

You aren't alone. You deserve to get help.

Find your community at Desert Hope. Learn the skills you need to get and stay sober while making friendships that will last a lifetime. Give us a call to get started today.