Military Heroes Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Program
Our team is qualified in treating individuals with chemical dependency/abuse, depression, anxiety (to include post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]), characterological issues, and other diagnoses that impair one’s functioning.
At Red River Hospital, Military Heroes Unit (MHU), we strive to provide the best care possible mental health and substance abuse treatment to our service men and women. The professional staff consists of nurses, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists; and we believe that a team approach provides unity and encourages an atmosphere of fellowship. This camaraderie is evident in the therapeutic and social interactions among our military population. Our team is qualified in treating individuals with chemical dependency/abuse, depression, anxiety (to include post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]), characterological issues, and other diagnoses that impair one’s functioning.
As a core philosophical approach, the MHU team tends to adhere to a cognitive behavioral orientation. In addition, we utilize cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for those with PTSD, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) techniques, family systems, and other approaches. Our treatment team takes a holistic approach to treatment, to include individual and group psychotherapy, medication, biofeedback, equine therapy, physical exercise, and yoga. Group psychotherapy modalities include educational and process, with music therapy, cinema therapy, and other expressive methods.
Military Heroes Unit
Comprised solely of active duty military personnel, the program is designed to meet the unique needs of our service men and women. Essential staff consist of psychiatrists, therapists, and nurses with military affiliation. Staff maintains coordination and communication with Post/Base clinicians, physicians, case managers, command, and other appropriate personnel.
What to Expect
When a decision has been made that a service member’s care requires intensive inpatient stabilization and treatment, a referral is made from one’s clinician at the MTF to Red River Hospital. One of our admissions’ staff will gather general information on the presenting problem, including the referring provider, and the service member’s command. If needed, Red River Hospital will gladly provide transportation from your facility (or at the individual’s current hosptialization) to ours at no cost to Tricare, the military base/post, or the service member. Once at the hospital, there will be an admission process, including orientation to the unit. The service member will be assigned a casemanager, an individual therapist, and a psychiatrist
Length of Stay
We avoid providing a general estimate on length of stay since each patient’s goals, issues, and progress are unique. Many factors are taken into consideration when deciding a discharge date. The treatment team meets regularly to discuss progress, set-backs, concerns, and discharge planning. The MHU staff will provide weekly clinical updates to one’s referring military treatment facility (MTF) to not only ensure agreement on treatment, but also to ensure continuity of care.
For more information, please contact Red River’s Military Heroes Unit Program Director, Danielle Laster, LMSW, LCDC, CART, at (800) 234-5809.