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Help for Heroes®

Supporting Those Who Serve.

Behavioral Health & PTSD Treatment for Military, Veterans & First Responders in Columbus, OH

Help for Heroes® is a dedicated treatment program at Columbus Springs East that addresses the unique needs of military personnel, veterans and first responders. Through our specialized treatment tracks, individuals can overcome challenges brought on by repeated exposure to stress and trauma in the line of duty.

Please see our Patient Forms page for the Help for Heroes® active duty military referral form.

Help for Heroes® Treatment Tracks

Mental Health Treatment

24-hour supervised care for individuals experiencing psychosis or severe emotional or behavioral changes related to depression or anxiety, experiencing impairments of functioning, or other psychiatric conditions.

Substance Use Treatment

A program structured to support recovering patients, including those who have completed detox in the development of relapse prevention skills. This may include chemical dependency detoxification.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Designed for those who are struggling with substance/chemical dependency in conjunction with psychiatric disorders such as PTSD, depression and/or mood disorders.

The Impact of Treatment

Kevin Zimmerman, National Director of Outreach for Help for Heroes® and retired US Army, details his substance abuse challenges and journey to healing.

Oklahoma City Firefighter Chris Fields describes his experience with treatment in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Who We Treat

Active-Duty Military Service Members

Nearly one in four active-duty service members shows signs of a mental health condition, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). We are committed to supporting the men and women of our nation’s military who are seeking recovery from substance abuse and mental health issues. Comprehensive care plans support the unique needs of each patient, and dedicated treatment units are available. Addressed are military-specific mental health issues such as PTSD, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety disorders.


Frequently, decisions made during deployment have lifelong consequences. Many veterans have expressed a desire to be the person they were before they experienced trauma, and they often try to suppress or avoid memories of the trauma they have lived through. However, for some, trauma symptoms can become so problematic that they result in family discord, divorce, social dysfunction, significant substance use, employment difficulty, physical health difficulties, legal problems and more.

First Responders

For first responders, including firefighters, police officers, EMTs and more, maintaining optimum mental wellness is a critical part of remaining active and effective on the job as well as at home. Constant exposure to trauma, life-threatening situations and the physical strain of working long hours on little to no sleep can negatively affect overall mental health, increasing the vulnerability and risk of substance abuse and addiction. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among first responders are common and triggered by repeat exposure to trauma.

Help for Heroes® Specialized Treatment

Trauma treatment (including treatment for PTSD) focuses on the emotional and psychological effects of combat stress, addiction, depression and other trauma-related disorders. Our evidence-based treatment model involves a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, expressive therapy, wellness education, recreational therapy and other activities, including:

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Schema Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Prolonged exposure
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Relapse prevention/12-step support groups
  • Holistic therapies
  • Educational programs

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Active Duty Service Members


Veterans & First Responders