Veterans are welcomed here!!! They will always have a place to stay here in our home and in our hearts.
Do you have:
•A strong desire to remain sober and fully immerse in the recovery process? •Willingness to attend and actively participate in on or more 12-step programs? •Aspire to begin or continue your education? •Be willing to be a part of the community and participate in community activities in a positive manner? •Add some knowledge with on-site basic computer classes? •Have the ability to privately finance a residency up to one year?
Requirements for Admission
•At least 30 days of sobriety at the time of admission to the program. •The desire to enroll, continue or complete a higher education. •Completion of an inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment program is highly encouraged. •A strong desire to remain sober. •Willingness to become part of our community and follow community guidelines. Benefits of Residency
•Weekly coaching and/or mentoring with a staff member. •12-step recovery support and integration into the recovery community. •Full support in the application, enrollment of computer classes. •Live-in house manager and no more than 2 residents per bedroom. •Weekly programs and lectures on various academic and life-skill topics. •Weekly community activities that enhance greater function in sobriety and life experiences. •Monthly community service projects. •Assistance in finding additional support systems such as doctors, therapists, dentists, etc. •Transitional planning as the graduate prepares to transition from our program to independent living. •All household expenses are included in the monthly fee with the exceptions of food and school expenses and personal care. •Morning exercise workouts to enhance body function.
Expectations of Residents
•Remain alcohol and drug free. •Enroll in classes at the first open-enrollment date, maximum of two courses the first term. •Work part time and be involved in community service. •Attend a minimum of four 12-Step meetings per week and have a local sponsor within two weeks of residency. •Actively work 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. •Willingly submit to random drug screens and Breathalyzer tests. •Follow the rules of the program. •Be willing to assist with chores around the house and in the community. •Attend weekly house meetings, daily check-in, weekly program and weekend activities. •Perform community-service projects with other house members.
Reason for Immediate termination of Residency
•If you use alcohol or other drugs of any kind (except for prescription an approved over-the-counter meds). •If you engage in criminal activity or bring weapons into the house. •If you physically or verbally threaten another resident or house staff. •If you engage in sexual activity with another member of the Bonner House community.
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Health effects of military service and treatment for veterans
The effect of active military service can be profound and lasting, and some veterans have found it difficult to adjust to normal life again. An article in the London Metro on 28 January 2010 was titled "Veterans prone to suicide" and cited a report by the Mental Health Foundation  which said that not enough was being done to care for the Afghanistan war veterans, and many "plunged into alcohol problems, crime and suicide" upon their return. Indeed, in the U.S., the suicide rate among veterans is 300% the national average. Support services were found to be patchy from area to area. Figures from 2009 showed that twice as many veterans were in prison than there were British troops currently in Afghanistan. Homelessness, street- sleeping and relationship breakdown are also commonly reported. Research done by he UK homelessness charity CRISIS (1994) and the Ex- Services Action Group (1997) both found that a quarter of homeless people had previously served in the armed forces. The Times newspaper reported on 25 September 2009 that in England and Wales the number of "military veterans in jail has more than doubled in six years". Another Times article of the same date quoted the veterans mental health charity Combat Stress reporting a 53% increase in referrals from doctors
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder treatment among veterans
Further information: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Benefits for US Veterans with PTSD
New treatment programs are emerging to assist veterans suffering from post-combat mental health problems such as depression and PTSD. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), is becoming an important method for the treatment of mental health issues among veterans, and is currently considered the standard of care for depression and PTSD by the United States Department of Defense. CBT is a psychotherapeutic approach that aims to change the patterns of thinking or behavior that responsible for patient’s negative emotions and in doing so change the way they feel. It has been proven to be an effective treatment for PTSD among war veterans. Recently, online programs that pair CBT with therapist interaction have also proven effective in treating mental health problems among veterans. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is also an effective and non invasive, drug free treatment for PTSD, although it has not been tested against specific military traumatic exposure for efficacy. Neuro- Linguistic Programming (NLP) also has applications in this field.