Military Heroes Unit Psychiatric Inpatient Treatment Program

Red River Hospital is the leading provider of inpatient and outpatient behavioral healthcare in Wichita Falls, Texas. We offer specialized programming for active-duty military members and veterans of the armed forces who are struggling with substance abuse, addiction, or other mental or behavioral health concerns.

About the Program

Learn about the Military Heroes Unit at Red River Hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas

Red River Hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas, is proud to provide comprehensive, personalized services for adult men and women who are members of the U.S. military community.

Our Military Heroes Unit, or MHU, is a dynamic and highly effective environment in which active-duty members of the armed forces, veterans, and certain adult dependents can receive focused care for substance abuse, addiction, and a wide range of additional mental and behavioral health concerns.

Men and women who heal in the MHU at our hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas, receive evidence-based, research-supported treatment provided by compassionate professionals who have experience working with members of the military. Our treatment environment places a premium on acceptance, support, and respect.

Each person who receives care in the MHU follows a personalized treatment plan that is designed to promote long-term recovery, empower them to regain a state of mission-readiness, and prepare them for long-term success. Length of stay in the MHU is determined by the needs and progress of each patient.

Red River Hospital will provide transportation from any military installation or any other location that the military requests (such as another hospital or an urgent care facility) at no cost to the military, Tricare, or the service member. If necessary, we can provide an escort to meet the service member and their command to ensure safe travel to our hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas. Upon discharge from treatment, the same procedures apply for meeting the command and returning the service member to their residence, duty station, or other approved destination.

Who We Serve

Personalized care for military members, veterans, and adult dependents in Wichita Falls, Texas

The MHU is designed to serve active-duty military members as well as veterans of all branches of the U.S. armed forces. When appropriate, we are also able to accept adult dependents, age 18 and above.

While in the MHU, patients may receive care for a variety of mental and behavioral health challenges, including the following:

  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation

Please note that this is only a partial list of disorders for which a person can receive effective professional care via the Red River Hospital Military Heroes Unit. All admissions decisions at our hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas, are made on a case-by-case basis following a thorough review of each prospective patient’s treatment history, needs, and goals.

To determine if the MHU is the optimal treatment environment for you or a loved one, please contact Red River Hospital directly. A member of our team is available 24/7 to answer all of your questions.

How We Help

A structured treatment environment that reflects and respects military culture

One of the many benefits of participating in our Military Heroes Unit is that we have created a healing environment that meets the highest clinical standards while also reflecting the structure and values that are at the heart of your military service.

For example, our MHU staff includes psychiatrists, therapists, and nurses who have been affiliated with the U.S. armed forces or who have significant experience working with members of the military community. With your permission, your treatment team will remain in communication with clinicians, case managers, command staff, and other appropriate personnel at your post or base.

Throughout your time in the MHU, you can expect to follow a structured daily schedule that incorporates military customs and courtesies such as raising and lowering the flag, meeting appropriate appearance and grooming standards, and maintaining an orderly residence. We also promote an atmosphere of unity and camaraderie, both when you are collaborating with the members of your treatment team and when you are participating in therapy or socializing with others who are receiving care.

We make a point to recognize our MHU patients on holidays such as Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day. To reflect the spirit of selfless service that is at the heart of the military community, MHU patients can volunteer with the Salvation Army on Thanksgiving and Christmas. We also provide an array of additional volunteer opportunities throughout the year, which are described in greater detail in the “Therapies and Services” section of this page.

Therapies & Services

Personalized interventions and comprehensive support services to promote long-term healing for military members, veterans, and adult dependents

Each person who heals in our Military Heroes Unit follows a personalized treatment plan. Thus, no two people will have identical experiences at our hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas. Depending upon your unique needs and goals, your care may include the following elements and features:

Detox – If you’ve been unable to stop abusing alcohol or another drug, you may complete detox with us prior to fully engaging in the MHU. Our experienced detoxification professionals will help you get through the withdrawal process with maximum safety and minimal discomfort. Depending upon your needs, you may receive both medical and therapeutic support while you are in detox.

Medical care – You will meet with our nurse practitioner within 24 hours of your admission to the MHU and will have a session with our staff dietitian within your first 48 hours with us. If you require medical services that we are not prepared to provide, we can arrange for care at an appropriate facility in the Wichita Falls area.

Medication management – If prescription medications can ease or alleviate any mental health symptoms that you are experiencing, we can include medication management services in your personalized treatment plan. Our psychiatrists meet with MHU patients multiple times each week. Medication management services may also be provided by psychiatric nurse practitioners and other members of our nursing staff.

Individual therapy – You will meet with a licensed clinician at least once per week during your time in the MHU. Additional individual therapy sessions may be scheduled as needed. Individual sessions can help you process your experiences, address topics that you may be hesitant to discuss in a group setting, and receive focused feedback from a qualified professional.

Group therapy – MHU patients have the opportunity to take part in multiple groups every day, including weekends. Groups are structured and supportive environments in which you can share your thoughts, learn from the experiences of others, and gain valuable insights into topics that are relevant to your treatment and recovery.

Examples of the many topics addressed in groups within the MHU include medication education, symptom management, relationship issues, communication skills, mental health recovery, relaxation training, anger management, mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, relapse prevention, and 12-Step education and support.

MHU patients who are being treated for substance abuse and addiction will also attend multiple on- and off-site 12-Step groups each week.

Family therapy – At Red River Hospital, we understand how your family members may have been impacted by your mental or behavioral health challenges. We also appreciate the important role that your loved ones can play in your treatment and recovery. If you and your loved ones can benefit from family therapy, sessions may be scheduled on a biweekly, weekly, or more frequent basis during your time in the Military Heroes Unit.

Experiential therapies – Experiential therapies provide dynamic, creative means through which you can address your feelings and express your emotions. Experiential therapy can also help you develop healthy leisure pursuits to support your continued recovery after you complete treatment. In addition to art therapy and music therapy, we also offer two physical training sessions in our on-site gym every day. You’ll also have the chance to take part in weekly volunteer activities within the Wichita Falls community. Examples of our service-based excursions include visits to a food bank, homeless shelter, humane society, or equine therapy program for children with disabilities.

Discharge planning – At Red River Hospital, we’re committed to making your time in our MHU as beneficial as possible. To ensure that you are prepared to maintain and build upon the progress that you make while you’re in treatment with us, we’ll develop a detailed discharge plan to guide the next phases of your recovery journey. Depending upon your needs, this plan may include a referral to a step-down program, connections to community-based services, and other information that will support your continued success.

To learn more about the many therapies and services that are available through the Military Heroes Unit, or for answers to any questions you may have about any aspect of treatment at Red River Hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. A friendly and knowledgeable member of our team is available to speak with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What sets us apart?
Understanding, Expert Staff
Individualized Treatment Plan
Optional Family Involvement

Your outpatient program is phenomenal, and so are the techs and nurses. They truly care about the patients.

– Former Resident