SERVICE Military Program

Covington Behavioral Health Hospital offers the SERVICE Program for military veterans and first responders whose lives have been impacted by various mental health conditions and substance use concerns. Located in Covington, Louisiana, our center helps service members learn to manage the symptoms that have disrupted their lives.

Who We Serve

Admissions criteria for the SERVICE Program for military veterans and first responders at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital in Covington, LA

Covington Behavioral Health Hospital honors the courage and resilience of military veterans and first responders who are on the front lines of emergency situations every dayWe understand that the sacrifices you make can have a lasting impact on your emotional health, so we designed the SERVICE Program (Sacrifice, Effort, Resilience, Vigilance, Intelligence, Compassion, Empathy) with the specific needs of veterans and first responders in mind. 

We make all admissions decisions at our center in Covington, Louisiana, on a case-by-case basis after a detailed assessment of each person’s individual needs. However, the general admissions criteria for the SERVICE Program include: 

  • Military veteran, such as U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, or U.S. Marines 
  • First responder, such as police officer, firefighter, or paramedic 
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, substance use disorder, or other co-occurring disorder 

If you are already receiving care through your local Veterans Affairs (VA) office, we can work with them to start the admissions process for the SERVICE Program. You can also contact our admissions team directly. 

How We Help

Features of care in the SERVICE Program for military veterans and first responders at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital in Covington, LA

 Every military veteran or first responder who chooses the SERVICE Program at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital gets personalized care that is specific to their life experiences, symptoms, and recovery goals. We work closely with each person who turns to us for help to determine which interventions are most effective for them so that they get the most out of the program. 

 We use a combination of evidence-based treatment modalities to promote long-term healing, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and the 12-Step recovery model.  

 During your time at our center in Covington, Louisiana, you may take part in daily group therapy sessions that help you learn about topics such as new coping skills, relapse prevention skills, anger management, early recovery skills, and how to identify new triggers. You may also discover a support community during these group sessions that gives you a safe space to share your experiences, ask questions, and hear diverse perspectives. 

 We understand just how difficult it can be to verbally express emotions related to the traumatic experiences you may have faced. The SERVICE Program includes various experiential therapies to help you express yourself through art, music, and movement. 

 For individuals who are struggling with substance use in addition to a mental health concern, we also offer on-site medical detoxification services so that you can safely go through withdrawal and fully engage in therapy. 

 Healing is an individual process, but most veterans and first responders receive care in the SERVICE Program for 3060 days depending on their progress and goals. 

Why Choose the SERVICE Program

Benefits of choosing the SERVICE Program for military veterans and first responders at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital in Covington, LA

 The situations military veterans and first responders encounter every day can cause lasting harm to their mental health. They face natural disasters, accidents, violence, injuries, death, threats to their loved ones lives, and threats to their own lives. They work long hours and don’t get much quality sleep. 

 These courageous service members have very little time to process the emotions associated with each encounter before heading into the next emergency. But the effects of those traumatic experiences do not go away on their own. 

 At Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, we recognize the mental health stigma service members live with and are here to support them so that they can manage the symptoms that are keeping them from living rich, full lives. Our expert team is highly experienced in working with individuals who have had military careers or worked as first responders. 

 Our SERVICE Program offers a long-term inpatient care experience that gives you the opportunity to step away from the stressors and distractions of work and daily life. The calm, safe atmosphere at our center in Covington, Louisiana, is the ideal environment to turn inward and focus on your wellness. 

 With the help of the kind, compassionate staff at Covington Behavioral Health Hospital, you can start to process the traumatic experiences that have disrupted your life and build a foundation for lasting wellness. 

 If you think you or someone you love would benefit from the SERVICE Program, please contact us today. A knowledgeable member of our team can answer any questions you might have about our specialty program for military veterans and first responders. 

Covington's individualized programs gave me the flexibility I needed to get treatment while not interrupting my schedule.

– a former patient
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