EMERGENCE has been serving veterans, both men and women, in our program since 2000. We welcome them, as they arrive in our program through the criminal justice system due to addictions being out of control, domestic violence assaults, and other criminal behavior that has developed after traumatic experienced suffered as a result of serving in the military or being active duty in wars on foreign soils. We also address trauma that comes with living the lifestyles related to many addictions.
EMERGENCE assesses the individual to evaluate their primary need and places them with a primary mental health and addictions therapist who will assist them to address their addiction and mental health issues. Many come into the program having severe struggles with mental and physical health barriers and need for medications, housing, food, financial stability and overall advocacy and support. EMERGENCE offers comprehensive, wrap-around services, directly implemented by primary care management, to help them stabilize their health and well-being. We work in partnership with the Veteran’s Administration to get all benefits and health needs addressed.
EMERGENCE has a veteran’s therapy group that is facilitated by a Quality Mental Health Professional therapist who also is a recently retired thirty-eight year veteran Sgt. Major. He offers a venue of safety for the veteran’s to share about their experiences, challenges their struggles with others that have similar issues, and works through the hardships of being a warrior and needing to ask for help. As a part of their program, they participate in individual therapy with mental health therapists skilled in working with trauma and PTSD, and building skill in mindfulness and relaxation techniques that facilitate de-stressing.
They begin their cognitive restructuring classes by completing an anger management workbook. They are challenged to evaluate what they believe about themselves and how those beliefs are still operating from when they were in the military, as well as how those skills may be barriers to moving forward day-to-day in the civilian world and feeling accomplished or motivated to strive for comfort.
The veterans are supported by EMERGENCE staff, the courts and court team, by offering a program structured for success and well-being. They have a venue of trained staff in cognitive restructuring, random urinalysis testing, addictions counseling, trauma and mental health therapy, grief and loss, family therapy, physical fitness through a free gym membership sponsored by EMERGENCE, as well as the wrap around services to address daily living needs that support feeling accomplished and building motivation and achievement in life. EMERGENCE is very proud to serve our veteran women and men.