Every May, we celebrate National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM), a declaration that encourages United States citizens to observe the month of May by honoring the current and former members of the U.S Armed Forces, including those who died serving their country. Introduced in 1999 by Senator John McCain, both the Senate and House of Representatives adopted resolutions in support of NMAM. The month of May has six national observances including the most well-known, Memorial Day.
May 2018 kicked off with Loyalty Day which is a reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States on May 1st. Public service recognition week was held from May 6th -May 12th and Victory in Europe (or VE Day) which marks the end of World War II in Europe was on May 8th. Military Spouse Appreciation Day was on May 11th and Armed Forces Day is set for May 19th. Memorial Day which honors the men and women who have died in military service will be held on May 28th.
As we all know, military service is not without problems and sacrifice. Alcohol and tobacco use as well as prescription drug abuse are higher for military personnel than civilians. In 2008, 47 % of active duty members reported binge drinking. Additionally, one out of every three veterans seeking treatment for a substance use disorder also has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
New Bridge Foundation has a long and proud history of working with active duty military, retirees, veterans and their dependents. Our specialized program, which provides integrated chemical dependency and mental health treatment, dates back many years.
Operation Success was developed specifically to treat members of the military, with the understanding that military personnel have unique issues and needs. Many members of our dedicated staff have military experience and all staff receive specialized training on how to work best with members of the military. For us, helping our military members and veterans find ways to recover from their drug and/or alcohol addictions is a labor of love. Services include but are not limited to; individual and group counseling, family program, physical training, psychological evaluation, co-occurring disorder services( when appropriate), discharge planning and free aftercare for life.
If you or a military member, dependent, or veteran you know needs help with a drug or alcohol problem call us at
1-800-785-2400 for a free assessment.