Heroes Journey: Kansas City, Missouri’s Preferred Program for Active Military & Veterans

Serving in the military takes incredible integrity and courage, but sometimes a person’s experiences as a service member can leave lasting emotional wounds. The Heroes Journey inpatient program at Signature Psychiatric Hospital helps service members heal from the effects of certain behavioral health and substance use concerns. 

About the Heroes Journey Program

As an active-duty military member or veteran, you have likely faced intense challenges and extreme conditions. And while those experiences were part of serving your country and community, they may also have had a lasting negative impact that has kept you from being your best self. 

The Heroes Journey inpatient program at Signature Psychiatric Hospital provides specialized support for active-duty military members and veterans who are struggling with substance use disorders, including those who are abusing substances like alcohol, opioids, and benzodiazepines.  

We also provide care for those who are suffering from behavioral health concerns such as: 

  • Antisocial personality disorder  
  • Anxiety disorders  
  • Bipolar disorder  
  • Borderline personality disorder  
  • Depression  
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • Schizophrenia  
  • Suicidal ideation 

Service members who are struggling with both a substance use disorder and a behavioral health concern, or a dual diagnosis, can also receive support through the Heroes Journey program. 

Service members can benefit from the focused, intensive treatment they need to improve their overall quality of life. Because everyone’s needs vary, the duration of each person’s stay depends on their individual progress. However, most people receive care in the Heroes Journey program for at least 28 days. 

This program can offer an excellent starting point for those who have yet to begin their healing journey. Others step up to the Heroes Journey program after completing a lower level of care, like a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient program (IOP). 

We will conduct an initial screening to determine whether you may benefit from the care we provide through this program. 

What to Expect

The experts at Signature Psychiatric Hospital know that active-duty military members and veterans respond differently to therapy than civilians do. That’s why it is essential for service members to receive care that addresses the experiences that are unique to them.  

We designed the Heroes Journey program to provide service members with personalized care that reflects their specific needs. Before you begin this program, we will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your medical history and current symptoms. We will then use the information we gather from your assessment to create an individualized care plan that incorporates an array of evidence-based therapies and services. 

If you are suffering from a substance use disorder, you may start your recovery process with our on-site medical detoxification services. This will allow you to rid your body of drugs or alcohol in a safe environment with the support of trained professionals. 

You can expect to take part in various types of group therapy sessions each day that focus on the topics that are most relevant to your therapeutic goals. These might include building healthier communication skills, anger management, and managing depression. 

You will also take part in individual counseling, which can be an excellent time to talk about anything you may not feel comfortable discussing during group sessions. Individual counseling can also give you the chance to go over your personal progress and goals one-on-one with a member of your care team. 

We may also integrate other services like therapeutic recreation and medication management into your care plan depending on your specific therapeutic goals. 

Continuing Care

Inpatient care is intended to help you start functioning well enough to return home safely or continue your progress at a lower level of care. When your time in the Heroes Journey program is complete, we’ll work closely with you to determine the best next steps on your healing journey. 

Before you leave our North Kansas City, Missouri, hospital, you’ll receive a detailed aftercare plan that includes recommendations for ongoing care. This might involve stepping down to one of the other programs in our continuum of care, such as our residential program, partial hospitalization program, or intensive outpatient program. 

Your aftercare plan may also include any other community resources we believe may support your continued success, such as area support groups. 

You have served your country and community with honor and pride. Now let the experts at Signature Psychiatric Hospital serve you by providing you with the support you need to live a more productive, fulfilling life. 

This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Signature Psychiatric Hospital. 

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