Albany Stratton VA Medical Center

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Albany Stratton VA Medical Center provides behavioral health care for Veterans with substance abuse problems and mental health disorders. Albany Stratton VA Medical Center services are individualized to each patient's needs.

Albany Stratton VA Medical Center Focus:

Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.

Alcoholism

The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

A combined mental health and substance abuse treatment center has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

What does Albany Stratton VA Medical Center offer?

Medically Assisted Detox

Drug and alcohol addiction often takes a heavy toll on one’s body. Over time, a physical dependence can develop, meaning the body physiologically needs the substance to function. Detox is the process of removing drugs and/or alcohol from the body, a process that can be lethal if mismanaged. Medical detox is done by licensed medical professionals who monitor vital signs and keep you safe, healthy, and as comfortable as possible as you go through detox and withdrawal.

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

The inpatient behavioral health care is a residential program specially for Veterans who require more intensive intervention that the one provided in the community. Inpatient patients are admitted to the facility to be treated by their team of psychiatrists, social workers, nurses and other therapists. Each inpatient unit also has primary and specialty care for other health needs.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. At the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center services are provided in a number of settings based on the needs of the patient.

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Therapies Offered:

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

The behavioral health care staff at Albany Stratton VA Medical Center also offer help for Veterans and their families manage and overcome the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This begins with identifying PTSD and increasing understanding. Treatment can reduce symptoms by helping the Veteran and his or her family develop coping techniques to manage the condition. Unfortunately, because of misunderstanding about PTSD, many Veterans may not seek treatment. Individual therapy usually focuses on reducing distress from reminders of the individual traumatic experience. Group therapies may help the Veterans understand that they were not alone in their reaction to the military service. While PTSD may be a chronic condition with periodic return, treatment can help the Veteran understand and deal with the life-changing nature of the trauma. PTSD can be understood.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Albany Stratton VA Medical Center Highlights:

VA Health Care Upstate New York at Stratton VA Medical Center. Their staff is dedicated to working toward one purpose, making your stay at this VA as comfortable as possible. They welcome the opportunity to serve you. They will continue to make you their first priority.
Albany Stratton VA Medical Center also offers a residential program to help women Veterans overcoming the effects of PTSD and military sexual trauma. The residents in this program share a home-like setting with other women Veterans who have had similar experiences. In a safe, calm environment, they receive help healing emotional wounds through treatment and shared growth.
The primary care program provides services at this facility as well as in 11 community-based outpatient clinics. They offer a Women Veterans Health Program that addresses a variety of health care needs specific to women Veterans. Services include gynecology, bone density screening and on-site mammography.
Private

Accreditation:

  • CARF
  • JCAHO

Payment:

  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Military insurance coverage
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • Medicare rehab coverage
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Cash payments accepted

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Intake:

  • The Albany Stratton VA Medical Center provides an open, supportive and safe environment to meet the needs of LGBT Veterans and their families. This includes Veterans receiving care from the community based outpatient clinics of the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center. Their program offers individual, family and couples therapy for LGBT Veterans.
  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Adults and Young Adults
  • Programs for active duty military seeking for mental health help