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Fort Hood Press Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: September 22, 2011 5:12:52 PM CDT

Fort Hood to get new treatment program for substance abuse and behavioral health counseling

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To attend the ceremony, please contact Jeri Chappelle, 254-288-8005, or Brandy Gill, 254-286-7954, by 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29 for escort on Fort Hood. 

CRDAMC Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, behind CRDAMC and in front of Bldg. 36053 to officially open its Intensive Outpatient Program Day Treatment Center at Fort Hood.

Guest speaker for the ceremony is III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell, Jr. 

The IOP is an intensive outpatient treatment program for active-duty military with alcohol or substance abuse problems, post traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression.  Its purpose is to strengthen the overall fitness and readiness of the military force.

The program is four weeks long and can accept 18-21 patients per session.  Once patients are referred and accepted into the program, they receive a start date and commanders are notified.

The underlying program philosophy is that substance addiction and dependence should be treated concurrently with mental and behavioral health issues.

Counselors use Complementary Alternative Medicine treatment methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR) and Acupuncture Detoxification (Acudetox). 

The clinical team is comprised of a clinical director (psychologist), a clinical consultant (psychiatrist), and other clinical staff to include additional psychologists, social workers, and licensed counselors.

The program also uses a multidisciplinary team approach to care. Interventions include and initial psychiatric evaluation, psychological testing, biopsychosocial evaluations, treatment and discharge planning.

Counselors routinely consult with commanders to discuss their Soldiers’ treatment and progress. Treatment is individualize to the patient and may include intensive group treatment, individual therapy, grief treatment (as needed), sleep hygiene, relationships training, addiction processes, anger management, relapse prevention, a 12-step support group, and psycho-education.

Because IOP is a substance abuse treatment program, all active-duty military that are referred to the IOP clinic must be enrolled in the Army Substance Abuse Program before receiving treatment. Patients must verbalize willingness to attend the IOP. 

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For more information contact:
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Public Affairs Office
(254) 286-7954
Brandy Gill
Fort Hood, TX 76544
[email protected]