Many veterans find themselves misunderstood, stuck, or feel that they do not belong. What may seem like an everyday or ordinary task can feel overwhelming for a veteran. Being able to navigate public spaces can be especially triggering.
For example, the sights and sounds of city living are amplified. Whether it’s riding on the crowded city subway, navigating a busy grocery store, or walking down a congested street, it can feel overwhelming. PTSD and trauma can be triggered in these settings.
Our team of clinicians at the Road Home Program fosters an environment of growth. We challenge our program participants to try new strategies so they can work towards a smoother transition back into civilian life. RHP builds upon small strides towards progress that amount to life-changing strides in recovery. One of those skills is recognizing when it is “too much” or feeling overwhelmed. Emotion-regulation skills are also taught in a group setting. Weekend outing options help participants step outside of their comfort zone for an enriching and enjoyable experience.
A large component of our curriculum is based on Mindfulness and being present in the moment. We teach breathing and grounding techniques. It’s ok to not be ok. The human ability to sit with unpleasant feelings yet power through attests to personal strength and perseverance.
It is important to recognize the range and intensity of challenges associated with a veteran’s transition back into civilian life. Re-integration into civilian life is a process – one that we strive to nurture in the RHP 2-week IOP curriculum. We teach life skills and coping mechanisms that support veterans along this journey.
Veterans complete our program with a renewed resiliency. Accepting that the past is in the past allows our veterans to move forward with new hopes and aspirations. As a partner in person-centered care, we are here to help pave the way for new beginnings.
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The Road Home Program provides mental health care and wellness to veterans of all eras, service members, and their families at no cost and regardless of discharge status. If you or a loved one needs help, call us at (312) 942-8387 (VETS) or fill out the Get Care form.