While the focus of VALOR is substance abuse, providing care for combat related PTSD and other trauma is vitally important. At Riverside, veterans will participate in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) with therapists who are specially trained to facilitate ART. ART helps participants manage trauma that may inhibit their overall functioning and/or their ability to take part in programming that will lead to alleviation of the primary substance use disorder.
Some veterans may need more intense trauma therapy than is provided on site at Riverside and will be permitted to attend Veterans Alternative as a supplement to the Riverside VALOR program. Veterans Alternative provides 5 day long specialized ART therapy for veterans to help manage combat related PTSD. Participants will attend Veterans Alternative and then return to Riverside upon completion.