Treatment Approaches for Uniformed Service Professionals

Here on our private Vermont campus men and women from the uniformed services address their personal struggles in the company of peers who understand what it means to serve others.

You’ll participate in our core program during the day, taking part in individual and group therapy, and peer support groups, designed to help you get your life back. You’ll start mapping your path back by learning proven skills to overcome anxiety, depression, loneliness, anger, trauma and alcohol and drug abuse.

When you arrive at the USP a trained staff member will orient you to the program.  You will meet with your personal clinician to discuss what brought you to the program and your treatment goals.  You will also meet with a psychiatrist to discuss treatment and medication options.

Throughout your stay in USP you will have one-to-one sessions with members of our staff to discuss your needs, review progress toward treatment goals and develop an aftercare plan that works for you.
Treatment is delivered by skilled professionals using evidence-based practices; for example:

  • Mindfulness Training helps you develop greater ability to focus on the present rather than regretting the past or worrying about the future.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focuses on ways you can live life aligned with your values (e.g., family, work, friends) rather than controlled by the pain that is an unavoidable part of life (e.g., anxiety, anger, shame).
  • Practical Recovery helps you learn to identify the triggers (e.g., stressful situations at home and work) for behaviors you want to change (drinking, using, losing your temper, isolating) and develop healthy, alternate behaviors.
  • Sleep and Dream Training provides you with the tools and skills to improve your sleep and eliminate nightmares.  You will learn about sleep hygiene (how to fall asleep and stay asleep) and how to change nightmares into pleasant dreams.
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga utilizes practices from Yoga Nidra, a mindfulness based yoga practice that does not require bending, stretching or aerobic effort.   This form of yoga helps you to develop an awareness of your body, reduce physical and emotional stress, experience lower levels of anxiety and physical pain, and think more clearly.
  • Peer Support groups provide the opportunity to share personal and professional challenges with others who have had similar experiences.  While it is neither natural or comfortable for most people to speak about these experiences our clients find it is a critical part of treatment – helping them to understand their stressful and traumatic experiences as a natural part of performing a difficult and dangerous job.
  • Wellness activities are also a part of treatment.  It is a common experience to become so absorbed in work or personal problems that we forget how to enjoy life.  Activities are designed to help you re-discover activities that are enjoyable and support your well-being.  These include such things as fly-fishing, hiking, snow shoeing, and basketball.  The level of effort required is geared to each person’s physical conditioning and abilities.
  • Self Care groups are also provided.  Depending on your needs and the needs of other group members we can help you learn techniques for managing chronic medical conditions such as pain, obesity and tobacco use.

Recovery Groups are available every evening.  Everyone in recovery is encouraged to attend a group meeting.  Transportation is available to local AA, NA and Smart Recovery groups. 

Other Substance Abuse Services available including:


For information about enrolling in the Brattleboro Retreat's Uniformed Service Program, please call 802-258-3700, or go to our Central Intake Department