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Specialized Program

Salute to Recovery

Addiction Treatment Specifically Designed for Veterans & First Responders

Overview

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

Program Details

Program Details

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
Desert Hope is part of the VA's network of approved community care providers. If you cannot receive treatment with the VA and are eligible for community care, you may be able to come to us for your care. Learn more about community care through the MISSION Act.
A Day in Treatment

A Day in Treatment

Get an inside view into the Salute To Recovery program.

Monday - Friday

8:30 am

CBT/DBT Group with General Population

10:15 am

Salute to Recovery Program

12:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm

Salute to Recovery Process Group

2:45 pm

PIT (Post-Intensive Treatment) Battalion

Saturday

8:30 am

CBT/DBT Group with General Population

10:15 am

CBT/DBT Group with General Population

12:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm

Family Day

2:45 pm

CBT/DBT Group with General Population

Sunday

8:30 am

CBT/DBT Group with General Population

10:15 am

CBT/DBT Group with General Population

12:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm

CBT/DBT Group with General Population

2:45 pm

CBT/DBT Group with General Population

A Look Inside

A Look Inside

Take a look inside our facility here at Desert Hope Treatment Center.
What You'll Learn

What You'll Learn

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
  • Pain management
  • Grief & loss
  • Relapse prevention
Our Mission

Our Mission

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.

What We Offer

Our treatment team utilizes proven treatment methods to promote positive decision-making and long-term, sustainable lifestyle changes.

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    Proven Therapies

    Our therapists and counselors help you discover the harmful thoughts and beliefs that keep you sick and work with you to alter them. Therapies include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive processing therapy and more.

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    Anger Management & Conflict Resolution

    Learning to manage your anger in healthy ways is crucial to recovery. You'll learn the tools to manage both your anger and your conflicts proactively and productively.

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    12-Step Facilitation and Community-Based Support Group Meetings

    12-Step programs and other support groups have helped many veterans find and maintain sobriety from drugs and alcohol.

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    Coping Skills

    In our program, you'll discover better ways to cope with stress and emotional turmoil than drugs and alcohol.

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    Family and Couples Counseling

    We'll help you repair fractured relationships with the people who matter to you most.

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    Trauma Groups

    Trauma is an unfortunate part of the lives of first responders and military personnel. We'll help you learn to process trauma so it no longer controls your day-to-day experience.

Start Your Recovery

Staff talking to patient

We are committed to life-changing care and creating a personalized addiction treatment plan for you or your loved one. Let us walk you through our admissions process.

The Battalion

Army soldiers in uniform

In our program, you’ll be surrounded by those who understand, people you can talk to who will just get it. 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.