Veterans Suffer High Rates of Addiction: Require Specialized Treatment to Address Trauma


By Dr. Joseph A. Troncale, MD FASAM,

Corporate Medical Director,

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers


A Marine veteran named Chris will not be attending his hometown’s parade and Memorial Day ceremony with his wife and kids this year.


By the time the parade begins, Chris will have already consumed two or three beers. By the time the ceremony that follows is over, he’ll be into his second six-pack.


When his family returns, his wife will keep the kids away from their father, afraid that they’ll say something that will irritate him and cause a verbal outburst or perhaps even a physical confrontation. Chris will spend most of the day playing video games, only leaving the chair to get another beer.


At the end of the day he’ll go to bed, hoping that the nightmares don’t come tonight.


Fighting Effects of Addiction

Chris and his family are not alone.  Rates of substance abuse are high among veterans, who often suffer from co-occurring disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or traumatic brain injury. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reported that substance abuse among veterans is directly related to combat exposure and estimated that one-quarter of all veterans who served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan exhibited signs of substance abuse disorder.


Another study involving about 600 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans revealed that 39 percent of them showed positive for probable alcohol abuse, and 3 percent for probable drug use, according to the National Veterans Foundation.


By the Veterans Administration’s own numbers, 22 veterans die each day by suicide. Also, veterans and their families experience higher rates of divorce, homelessness, child abuse and child neglect than non-veteran families.


The problem is huge, and many veterans who need help are not getting it. The fact is that treating the addiction is only the beginning.


Tailored Treatment for Both Trauma and Addiction

Many veterans who do seek and receive treatment often continue to experience to problems because they aren’t sufficiently treated for trauma. Addiction treatment for veterans must be specialized. A one-size-fits-all treatment plan won’t work.


It’s important to understand that many veterans experience both physical and psychological injuries and that those injuries very often involve a great deal of trauma. A shattered leg caused by a roadside bomb involves a greater level of trauma than a leg broken in a skiing accident.


Trauma and addiction are strongly linked and must be treated together.


At Retreat, we don’t just treat a veteran’s addiction problem. We acknowledge their trauma and understand the connection between that and the addiction.


Veterans generally respond well when treated in groups with other veterans. That’s exactly why Retreat offers tailored groups especially for veterans and first responders. Members of these groups become comfortable and form strong relationships, which enables them to open up more easily and acknowledge their feelings and concerns.


Veterans who undergo treatment for addiction also require a strong level of aftercare. Ongoing therapy is necessary following treatment, and in many cases, may be a lifelong process.


We’re in the season of Memorial Day, and people are remembering and thinking about veterans. We can’t help the vets who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, but we can help those who are struggling with the aftermath of their service. I think we owe them that.



About the Author

Dr. Joseph A. Troncale, MD FASAM, served 10 years with the U.S. Army Reserves, specializes in substance abuse treatment specifically tailored to veterans. Today he gives back as an advocate for veterans and Corporate Medical Director at Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers.


Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers, with locations in Pennsylvania and Florida, specializes in treating veterans. For more information on the veteran-specific program, please contact Retreat at 855.859.8810.





By Deja Gilbert, PhD, LMHC, LPC

Chief Business Officer

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Center
It used to be so simple. Wasn’t it?

As kids, it always seemed easy and fun to plan a way to celebrate Mother’s Day, or give her a special heart-felt gift. We wanted to show love and caring to the person who showed us the same affection during childhood. “How would we celebrate mom’s special day?” “Where should I take her to eat?” “What kind of flowers should I get?” “What would be the perfect gift?”

Years later, a lot has changed – including our relationship with mom.

As a professional working in the addiction field with young adults and college students, I have heard so many similar personal stories from both those who struggle with addiction as well as their families. For the son dealing with an opioid addiction, for example, the only thing his mom wants is to have him back in her daily life. She wants to spend time with him, enjoying the young man she’s missed for so long. She wants to enjoy the simplicity of feeling connected and knowing he’s safe and healthy again.

The truth is that moms facing similar situations just want to have their kids back. There is no substitute.

Start Your Recovery Now

Entering treatment at Retreat will help you take back control of your life. With sobriety, you can have life again and feel connected to those who matter most to you and who champion for you…like mom. Give her the chance to see you enjoy life – sober and free of addiction.

Retreat offers family education programs if you want to keep mom, other family members and friends close during your treatment. These programs teach you to love yourself and your family to help you through treatment. You’ll build a strong support system and your loved ones will know more about your addiction and the path to recovery. Studies show that you have a greater chance at recovery when those close to you are involved during treatment.

If you are pregnant and dealing with substance abuse, Retreat is one of the few treatment centers in the United States that offers a program specifically designed for treating pregnant women at any stage during pregnancy. Retreat’s full-time Obstetrics Gynecologist, Dr. Kristi Dively, develops customized treatment programs specifically for women who are pregnant. Moms-to-be have an entire team assisting with their unique physical, spiritual, and emotional needs while Dr. Dively provides the medical support for the mother and her unborn child.

With a team dedicated to your individual needs, Retreat provides the life-saving, life-changing recovery tools you need to get yourself healthy. It’s the greatest thing you can do for yourself—and the greatest gift you can give to those you love.


Get Help Now.

If you’re seeking treatment for drug addiction, Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is ready to discuss therapy and treatment options with you and your family. Call Retreat’s 24/7 HELPLINE at (866) 470-8161, click RetreatAddictionCenters.com for more information or to chat online for instant answers, or engage us on social media privately or publicly.


Fighting the Post Spring Break Blues: Taking a Closer Look at Getting Help

By Deja Gilbert, PhD, LMHC, LPC

Chief Business Officer

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Center


By the time the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Alcohol Awareness Month rolls around each April, many college students have already made plans to celebrate spring break.


With plenty of options available, including all-you-can drink party cruises, cheap hotel rooms situated near rows of bars, and out-of-U.S. destinations where the drinking age is often 18 or even unspecified, it’s no wonder that many college students find themselves suffering from buyer’s remorse when spring break ends.


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that while on spring break, males consume an average of 18 drinks each day, while females consume an average of 10. Clearly, that amount of alcohol is dangerous and unhealthy under any circumstances, and, when coupled with other factors that often are present during spring break, can lead to interaction with law enforcement, sexual assault, injury, health problems, drunk driving and even death.


If you recently are back from spring break and experienced any sort of alcohol or drug-related issues or problems, it might be time to take a close look at your drinking habits and ask yourself if you’re at risk for developing a problem – or whether you may already have a problem.  It’s estimated that 20 percent of college students – one in five – meet the criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder. And, each year nearly 2,000 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including car crashes.


A drinking or drug problem is not a moral failing. Addiction is a disease, and the good news is that it’s treatable. If you worry that your drug or alcohol use is a problem, you can get help.  Retreat Treatment Centers, with locations in Pennsylvania and Florida, specializes in treating college students who are addicted to drugs or alcohol.


For more information on getting yourself or your friend help, please contact Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers at 855.859.8810.



Man Dies of Overdose Hours Before Checking Into Rehab

How can I get help for a loved one who is dangerously addicted to drugs? Last Wednesday a California man died of a drug overdose only a few hours before he was scheduled to check himself into rehab, a police report says. The 32 year old man was found unconscious on Wednesday evening with dangerous narcotics next to his bed. Thursday morning he was expected to start rehab treatment. One of the saddest parts of this story was that his family found him and were not able to resuscitate him. Families all over the country struggle with the drug addiction of their loved ones every day, and unfortunately some of them even have to deal with the deaths of loved ones caused by drug overdose. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Click here to read what you can do about addiction in your family.

Every Day is a Gift When Living with Drug Addiction

Man Dies of Overdose Hours Before Checking Into Rehab

Man Dies of Overdose Hours Before Checking Into Rehab

This story hits on one of the most important things you should understand about drug addiction. Every day is a gift, because we don’t live forever. But when you are struggling in active addiction, this idea is even more important. Drugs addiction and alcoholism are incredibly hard on the health, and they also cause us to do things we wouldn’t normally do. For this reason, every time we get high or drunk, we are rolling the dice with our lives. Unfortunately for the man in this story, his addiction caught up to him before he could get help. And while not everyone may think there addiction is that serious, all addiction puts people at risk. Families lose trust, relationships are strained, careers are destroyed, and communities are divided all because of addiction. Read more about the story of the man who overdosed before rehab here.


Heroin and Prescription Drug Addiction Harm Families

Although the article said the man died of a narcotics overdose, the chances are the overdose can be attributed to either prescription drug or heroin abuse. Opiates are one of the most deadly and most addictive drug families that exist. On top of that, many people have prescription drugs in their own homes, giving young people easy access to the drugs. Prescription drug and heroin addiction are at all time highs, and America is losing loved ones.


Affordable Pennsylvania Inpatient Rehab

Are you or a loved one in need of drug rehab? Don’t wait for something terrible to happen. By signing up for a Pennsylvania drug rehab center you will be able to protect yourself from the dangers of drug addiction. Retreat at Lancaster County is one of the best drug rehab centers in the northeast. With beautiful facilities in a relaxing, peaceful environment, Retreat is the perfect place to take a break from the stress of life and finally deal with your substance abuse problems. Retreat also offers medical detox and affordable inpatient rehab. Click here to read how inpatient rehab with Retreat at Lancaster County may be the best thing you ever do.


1 in 5 College Students Abuse Prescription Drugs

How can I get drug rehab treatment for my son or daughter? College is an important time for many young people. Most people plant the seeds of their career, their future romantic and friend relationships, and start the habits that they will have for a long time to come. But some people also adopt some nasty habits, like alcoholism and drug addiction. One survey shows that prescription drug abuse is something one in five college students experiments with today. This fact is startling because it shows that not only do young people have access to prescription drugs of all types, they also don’t have respect for their potential consequences. Drugs like Xanax, Adderall, Percocet, Ambien, and OxyContin all have a high potential for dependence, and while many teens should be getting their life off to a good start, instead they are fighting an addiction they should have never had to deal with. Are prescription drugs worth the risk? Click here to look how some experts say no.

Student Prescription Drug Abuse an Epidemic

1 in 5 College Students Abuse Prescription Drugs

1 in 5 College Students Abuse Prescription Drugs

The problem with students recreationally using prescription drugs isn’t that it will always kill them the first time. The problem is that when they like the effects of the first time, they may take more. Often college students experiment with mixing prescription drugs and alcohol at parties, and they have no idea what potentially lethal cocktail they have just swallowed. Even when they are not at parties, students can become dependent on these powerful drugs and eventually they can get addicted. Drug addiction will take over their life and they may never get the opportunities they have now again. Read more about this astonishing survey here.

College Rehab the Best Time to get Life on Track

One of the most important times in a person’s life is when they are becoming an adult and figuring out how to live without their parents. But for those who are experiencing addiction during this formative time, they may not be setting themselves up for the best life ahead. That’s why college student prescription drug rehab is so incredibly important. Rehab for college students can help replace mental illness and poor stress coping mechanisms with healthy habits and routines.

Affordable Drug Rehab For Teens and Young Adults

Are you or your college student suffering from prescription drug addiction? Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County has a team of addiction specialists who are experienced working with young adults. Not only that, Retreat allows young people to express themselves and honestly address their own problems and emotions that are at the core of their addiction. Don’t brush college student prescription drug addiction under the rug. At Retreat, you can know that facing this problem early will lead to the best outcome: a full recovery. Click here to learn more about Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County and how their prescription drug rehab can be right for your teen.


How Crack Addicts Can Make the Right Choice!

What’s the best treatment for crack addiction-and can I afford it? Many people around the country have heard the stereotypes about crack users. Most people think of crack users as being insane, manic, and irrational, caring only about their next fix. Those who grew up in the 1980’s may remember the warnings that crack users abandoned their children, stole, and caused violent crime. However one Columbia University professor named Dr. Carl Hart has done research that concluded crack addicts are capable of making rational choices about their future, even while high on the drug. If you are struggling with crack addiction, you may already know this. But what Dr. Hart has shown is that, given the right alternative, you too can recover and move on with your life. Click here to read how drug rehab may be the right option for crack addiction recovery.

Crack Addicts Can Recover Given the Right Alternatives

During his experiments, Dr. Hart gave crack addicts the choice between smoking more crack and earning a different type of reward, like cash or meal vouchers. The surprising fact demonstrated by Dr. Hart was that crack addicts often chose the other options over smoking more crack. This led Dr. Hart to the conclusion that when given the right opportunities, crack users would choose to leave the drug behind. The implications of this are pretty amazing. Dr. Hart actually believes that many ghettos and poor neighborhoods around the country were not destroyed by crack, but were instead destroyed by other social forces like poverty and unemployment. So when given a chance to leave poverty, these same people could go on to live healthy and successful lives. Learn more about this fascinating study here.


Rehab for Crack Addiction: A Different Plan

 How Crack Addicts Can Make the Right Choice

How Crack Addicts Can Make the Right Choice!

One alternative that many people don’t seriously consider is drug rehab. The reason rehab is such a good idea for crack addicts is that it offers a better lifestyle that doesn’t include active addiction. Imagine if crack addicts were shown that by quitting smoking drugs they would be able to get a job and earn a real income. Imagine if crack users were able to get out of the circle of needing to feel small momentary pleasure to hide the massive abyss of satisfaction that was their horrible life, and were instead able to live a fulfilling life without the need to escape reality with drugs?


Affordable Crack Rehab Turns Lives Around

Are you addicted to crack and ready to explore other options for your life? Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County is a highly respected and affordable crack rehab center. By starting a rehab program, you will get to detox from the powerful drugs, renew your life, and make smart choices about your future. Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County also focuses on helping patients develop skills and competencies that will help them get jobs and succeed after rehab is over, which is one of the best ways to keep a person active and busy. Don’t waste another day of your life being addicted to crack. Check out Retreat at Lancaster County’s vocational skills program and you will see why crack rehab is the right choice for your life.


Did You Know Drug Rehab Can Be Fun?

Did You Know Drug Rehab Can Be Fun

Did You Know Drug Rehab Can Be Fun?

How can I find a rehab program that includes fun activities? There’s nothing fun about drug addiction. Especially for teenagers and youth who are susceptible to bad influences. Drug addiction not only tears you down and prevents your success in the present. It also severely limits your opportunities for success in the future. Not to mention the extremely high toll it takes on your body. And the younger you are, the more damaging the effects of drugs on the body can be. Find out how to make the most of your rehab program.

The Best Drug Addiction Treatment is Laughter and Smiles

Where can I find a comprehensive rehab program that includes exercise and fun excursions? Drug rehab may seem like a dreary program where you have to trudge through the darkness and pain of your mistakes. But it doesn’t have to be all shadows and tears! As we know, teenagers often have trouble really concentrating on something that isn’t entertaining in some way. So if you’re seeking drug rehab, look for a program that appeals to the whole person: rehab and entertainment. Read more about different styles of drug rehab programs.

Drug Rehab: Fun in the Sun

What kinds of activities should an addiction recovery center offer? Activities as part of a rehab program aren’t just for entertainment and fun. They also help lower anxiety by adding lightheartedness. Physical activities offer an outlet for all the energy built up through the challenges of detox and group support counseling. Here’s a few ideas of fun things to do during your drug rehab program:

  • Horseback riding on the beach
  • Going to the movies
  • Playing frisbee in the park
  • Sailing out on the water
  • Yoga
  • Art projects

Click here to see a rehab program that offers all these and more!

Your Teen’s Rehab is Waiting in the Florida Sun

Where can I find the best, most comprehensive addiction rehab for my son or daughter? You want to find a place that’s in a beautiful, peaceful location. You want a place that has outdoor activities. Retreat at Lancaster County and Palm Beach County has all those things and more! Retreat includes a wide variety of activities for teens and adults to keep them active and engaged in the recovery process from top to bottom. See how Retreat at Lancaster County will work with your insurance to help offer your teen comprehensive addiction recovery in our serene Florida center.


The Joint Commission recognizes Retreat at Lancaster County

Retreat at Lancaster County, part of Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers, located in Pennsylvania has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for behavioral health care accreditation.

A widely recognized symbol of quality, the Gold Seal of Approval® is an internationally recognized symbol of quality and commitment to providing high quality patient care and its willingness to be measured against the highest and most rigorous standards of performance. In order to earn the Gold Seal, an organization has to demonstrate continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s performance standards.

“I would like to thank our Chief Clinical Officer Chrissy Gariano and our wonderful staff for working so diligently to get Retreat something most facilities do not have; and that is two accreditations. We are now not only CARF accredited but we are proud to announce we are now Joint Commission accredited also”, said Peter Schorr, President & CEO.

Congratulations to the Retreat Team.

About Retreat at Lancaster County

Retreat at Lancaster County is a Joint Commission-accredited addiction treatment center providing innovative drug and alcohol addiction programming. We are a private rehabilitation center located on 24 scenic acres in Pennsylvania. We customize individual treatment and recovery programs for each patient and offer a holistic approach focusing on the whole person, rather than just the disease of addiction. For more information, call (717) 859-8000 or visit: www.RetreatAddictionCenters.com



For Immediate Release
September 25, 2015
Deja Gilbert, PhD, LMHC
Executive Director
Retreat at Palm Beach County
(561) 444-3512


Retreat at Palm Beach hosts Job Fair for New Inpatient Substance Abuse Facility for Palm Beach Location

Greenacres, FL – Retreat at Palm Beach will host its first Job Fair for all positions on Wednesday, October 7 th, 2015 from 3-8pm. The Job Fair will be held at Retreat at Palm Beach’s outpatient center located at 6426 Melaleuca Lane, Greenacres, FL 33463. Health care professionals in the field of addiction and recovery and behavioral health are encouraged to attend.

Retreat at Palm Beach is looking to hire for all positions; both full and part time and anticipates bringing 200+ new jobs to the Palm Beach area.

“Our goal is to connect people with employment opportunities. We are excited to bring additional substance abuse treatment resources into Palm Beach, and look forward to building an outstanding team of committed individuals for our new inpatient facility” Vice-President of Program Development, Deja Gilbert, PhD, LMHC

Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers is a fast-growing and dynamic organization with locations in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Palm Beach, Florida. In four years, Retreat has grown from a single addiction treatment center in Lancaster County Pennsylvania into a network of facilitates recognized as a leader in the addiction treatment industry.

More information about the Retreat at Palm Beach can be found online atwww.retreataddictioncenters.com or by contacting 561-444-3512

About Retreat at Palm Beach

Retreat at Palm Beach County is a private, luxury rehab center in Palm Springs, Florida offering a full continuum of care with exclusive drug and alcohol addiction treatment and detoxification programs. Patients experience custom-tailored treatment and recovery plans enabling them to rebuild their lives with Retreat’s expert treatment and therapy teams. Retreat accepts most in-network insurance coverage, ensuring that patients receive the highest quality of care and treatment. Retreat at Lancaster County, located in Pennsylvania is also a part of Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers and is dual accredited.


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