How AAC and the VA Offer Rehab for Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes the importance of mental health and substance abuse treatment for veterans. However, they also know that there are certain circumstances in which they may not be able to provide the necessary services or provide them in a timely manner. In these scenarios, they utilize treatment providers in the community to bring care to veterans who need it. Eligible veterans will be able to receive this private community care at the same rate they would pay for VA services.1

American Addiction Centers is a trusted community care provider, partnering with the VA to provide private treatment for veterans at two separate locations.

AAC: Authorized Community Care Network Provider

As a chosen community care partner of the VA, American Addiction Centers provides treatment you can trust.

American Addiction Centers, the parent company of Laguna Treatment Hospital, operates treatment programs across the United States, and we are working with the VA to ensure veterans receive lifesaving addiction and mental health treatment. We currently have two rehab facilities that are authorized CCPs and that have specialized veterans’ treatment tracks. Eligible veterans can currently find an AAC facility on each coast. Our Salute to Recovery program for veterans and first responders is available at Desert Hope Treatment Center in Las Vegas, NV and at Recovery First Treatment Center in Hollywood, FL. Both facilities are authorized community care partners of the VA.

The VA holds community care providers (CCPs) to the highest standards to make sure that veterans get the high-quality care they deserve. All potential CCPs must go through a rigorous credentialing process to receive the VA’s endorsement as a quality treatment resource.2 As a chosen community care partner of the VA, American Addiction Centers provides treatment you can trust.

Our Commitment to Veterans  

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AAC’s mission to help veterans recover from addiction and co-occurring disorders such as depression and PTSD, starts at the top. Dan Cerillo, Chief of Staff for American Addiction Centers, is passionate about getting veterans who are suffering the help they need.

Cerillo, a Navy SEAL veteran, said of his experience: “I’ve lost over 100 guys in my peer group alone,” said Cerrillo. “For some, it was on the battlefield, but for far too many of them it happened back at home. They succumbed to substance use and suicide. That’s one of the reasons I joined AAC because I didn’t want to see another veteran suffer under my watch. I’m now on a mission to get as many veterans help as possible.”

American Addiction Centers welcomes veterans into any of our facilities, but our Las Vegas and Hollywood, FL facilities offer unique, specialized treatment programs for veterans. The Salute to Recovery program is a safe place where veterans can come together to share their experiences and begin their journey to sobriety among other patients and staff members who are veterans. Topics covered in the program are specifically tailored to the needs of the veteran population and include:

  • Hypervigilance.
  • Post-traumatic responses.
  • Military culture.
  • Veterans’ needs in recovery.

When you choose the Salute to Recovery program, you’ll receive the benefits of private treatment combined with the veteran-specific care you’d expect from the VA.

Who We Are

American Addiction Centers, founded in 2007, is the nation’s largest network of substance abuse treatment facilities. Our centers can be found in states across the country from California to Rhode Island.

American Addiction Centers uses evidence-based treatment approaches to address both co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. We know that attempting to solve one problem without addressing the other is futile, and that’s why our centers are committed to treating the whole individual. Our specialized treatment approaches, including our veterans’ program, provide tailored treatment so that our patients receive more than a blanket treatment approach; they get the care they need and want so they can experience meaningful change.

AAC’s purpose and passion is to empower you to achieve recovery and optimal wellness. For more information about AAC’s role as a community care provider and how we may be able to help you take the first step toward recovery, call us at 949-565-2377.


  1. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2019). Community Care.


About The Contributor

Amanda Lautieri
Amanda Lautieri

Senior Web Content Editor, American Addiction Centers

Amanda Lautieri is a Senior Web Content Editor at American Addiction Centers and an addiction content expert for Laguna Treatment Hospital. She holds a bachelor's degree and has reviewed thousands of medical articles on substance abuse and addiction. Amanda... Read More

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