Veterans & First Responders Addiction Treatment Programs
Dr. John Elgin Wilkaitis
Dr. John Elgin Wilkaitis completed medical school at The University of Mississippi Medical Center and residency in general psychiatry in 2003. He completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2005. Following this, he served as Chief Medical Officer for 10 years of Brentwood Behavioral Healthcare a private health system including a 105-bed hospital, residential treatment, and intensive outpatient services.
Veterans & First Responders Face Co-Occurring Diagnoses at Higher Rates
A Clinical Team With Experience Treating Military Service Members & First Responders
Dr. Duke Vinson, the COO at Defining Wellness Centers, has worked with veterans and military service members for many years, specializing in the therapeutic treatment of PTSD. His knowledge and experience is integral in helping those who have struggled with trauma from deployments. Dr. Nelson Pichardo, our psychiatrist, was a member of the United States Air Force and served as Medical Director of Eglin Air Force Base’s Mental Health Clinic. Dr. Pichardo is familiar with the toll that mental health and addiction can take on active duty service members, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones.
Our treatment team is well-versed in treating trauma and has the skill set necessary to provide clinical care that will make a difference in the lives of our clients. As someone who has always had to show strength, it can be difficult to admit you need help and seek treatment, and we understand that. The background of our behavioral health program staff provides unique insight into what our clients experience and we’re expertly positioned to begin the healing process.
PTSD & Trauma Treatment In A Safe Environment
Facing constant exposure to death and destruction takes its toll and can cause depression and PTSD, along with increasing overall stress in one’s life. First responders and active service members face this daily – it’s not a one-time traumatic experience that occurs in someone’s life, but a daily scenario that is played out on repeat. The weight that first responders and military service members/veterans carry around day-to-day is heavy, and there’s still a stigma attached to getting the resources one needs to get well. If someone has cancer or another illness, they receive ongoing support from their loved ones and peers, but with addiction and mental health diagnoses, there’s still a lack of understanding. Many national organizations have created hotlines and programs to support first responders who are struggling with stress and depression, but many don’t feel safe reaching out to those helplines.
Defining Wellness Centers provides a safe, secure environment in which first responders and veterans can identify the underlying trauma that they’re struggling with and begin the process of healing. Our team understands what first responders go through and we work with each individual to collaboratively develop a treatment plan and program that will help them to receive the help that they need.
How Our Facility Helps Veterans & First Responders
Our co-occurring disorders treatment team provides clinical care focused on PTSD and trauma work, using modalities like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Brainspotting. We also have adventure-assisted therapy, equine-assisted therapy and a variety of other experiential modalities, such as art and music, which we use in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Begin your Recovery Today
If you are ready to take the step towards a new life, call Defining Wellness today and learn more about how we can help you.