AAC: A Community Care Provider for Veteran Care


Quality addiction care is a right in the U.S., but sometimes figuring out how to pick the right treatment can be difficult. This can be especially true for military veterans, who may find that Veterans Affairs (VA) doesn’t have the resources or isn’t close enough to help.

In these instances, community care providers can make sure these veterans don’t fall through the gaps and get the help and treatment they need. In order to best serve the veteran community in need of substance use treatment, it was imperative that AAC’s facilities became community care providers (CCP).

Why We Became a Community Care Provider

Currently, two of American Addiction Centers’ facilities are CCPs: Desert Hope and Recovery First.

What does this mean for veterans looking for addiction treatment? It means if you cannot get adequate substance use treatment for your condition at a local VA hospital or clinic—or if there is not a local VA hospital or clinic—the VA can recommend you for treatment at one of our facilities. It also means the VA would cover some of the cost. You can even request treatment at a CCP, and the VA may allow and pay for treatment at your choice, depending on its resources.

There are a few steps to getting rehab with a CCP, which we discuss on a dedicated community care provider page, including some factors related to eligibility of using a CCP. However, that’s a small price to pay for accessing quality addiction treatment with the help and blessing of the VA.

Who We Are

River Oaks Treatment Center is a part of American Addiction Centers (AAC), one of the largest networks of rehab facilities in the nation. Central to our approach are evidence-based treatments and therapies for substance use disorders like drug and alcohol addiction and co-occurring disorders like substance abuse and other mental and behavioral health issues.

At each AAC facility you’ll find dedicated and passionate addiction professionals—from physicians and registered nurses to licensed therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Our high ratio of staff to patients allows us to spend more time with you to make sure you’re receiving the treatment you need to reach recovery.

And just like you, many AAC staff are also in recovery. They know where you’ve been—where you are in your journey—because they’ve been there too. At our facilities that offer specialized care for veterans, like Desert Hope Treatment Center in Nevada and Recovery First Treatment Center in Florida, many staff members are veterans themselves.

What We Stand For

Our mission, as found on the American Addiction Centers’ website, is:

“To provide quality, compassionate, and innovative care to adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Through comprehensive and customized treatment plans, we instill hope that long-term recovery is possible. Our purpose and passion is to empower you, your family, and your community by helping you achieve recovery and optimal wellness of the mind, body, and spirit.”

With this mission in mind, AAC endeavors to offer the best care to everyone that comes through their facilities’ doors, including veterans.

If you are a veteran and interested in our Salute to Recovery programs offered at Desert Hope and Recovery First, give us a call at 813-551-3608 to learn how to navigate the community care provider steps necessary to get to treatment with us.



About The Contributor

Laura Close
Laura Close

Senior Web Content Editor, American Addiction Centers

Laura Close is a Senior Web Content Editor at American Addiction Centers and an addiction content expert at River Oaks Treatment Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and has nearly a decade in professional editing experience that... Read More


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