The North Las Vegas Veterans Administration Medical Center has provided outpatient substance abuse treatment to veterans and their families for over 30 years. The VA is committed to representing individuals whose lives are impacted by mental illness and substance abuse who may otherwise not have a voice. Treatment combines both traditional therapeutic methods and alternative approaches in an effort to heal the whole person, specifically veterans requiring specialized support.
The NLV VA’s behavioral health department also offers treatment and counseling for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), suicidal ideation, sexual trauma and gambling addictions. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction is also available.
Treatment and Staff
After an assessment, clients are placed on either the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or the standard outpatient track. IOP clients attend group therapy three times a week and have individual therapy once a week. IOP treatment plans range from six- to ten-weeks in duration, and clients often then step down to the standard outpatient track.
Standard outpatient clients meet for group therapy twice a week and have individual sessions every other week. Those enrolled in this less intensive track typically participate in treatment for a total of three months.
Groups usually have eight to 10 participants and clinicians use CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT) and EMDR. Additionally, the Beyond Trauma curriculum is used in gender-specific groups for survivors of sexual assault.
The treatment team includes psychologists, LCSWs and psychiatrists—all of whom can provide dual diagnosis support. Clients are encouraged to attend 12-step meetings outside of treatment, as well as a weekly on-site meeting every Wednesday evening. Outpatient clients are also strongly encouraged to find a sponsor in AA or NA while they’re participating in treatment. There’s also a weekly group which helps to incorporate the 12-step framework into treatment.
NLV VA’s MAT program treats opioid addiction with Suboxone. Clients can apply for take-home doses after successful participation and negative drug tests, but they must also attend an opioid addiction education group at least once a month. These clients are encouraged to take advantage of other therapy groups and addiction education classes.
After completing their outpatient treatment plan, clients are invited to attend a weekly continuing care group for relapse prevention. The NLV VA also hosts a family group every month for loved ones who would like to learn more about addiction and recovery.
The NLV VA’s Behavioral Health Department also provides Mood Management, PTSD support groups, non-violent communication skills classes and a weekly T’ai Chi class.
The North Las Vegas Veterans Administration Medical Center has been treating substance abusing veterans for over three decades. Treatment heavily relies on evidence-based and experimental therapies designed to heal the addictions and traumas of its military clientele. In addition to both group and individual therapy as well as medication management, clients can take advantage of a full schedule of classes and workshops tailored to support their long-term healing and recovery.
North Las Vegas VA Medical Center
Building 1 6900 North Pecos Rd
North Las Vegas, NV 89086
North Las Vegas VA Medical Center Cost: Free for Veterans and their Dependents. Reach North Las Vegas VA Medical Center at (702) 791-9062. Find VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System on Facebook and Twitter
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