Friday, May 18, 2012

OASIS: Navy Medicine's Combat Stress Recovery Center

OASIS (Overcoming Adversity and Stress Injury Support) is a special combat stress recovery program under the scope of the Psychology and Psychiatry department of Naval Medical Center San Diego, a military treatment facility (MTF) that opened its doors in August 2010.  While part of the Naval Medical Center's health system, it is actually located on a scenic area of the West Coast, Point Loma.  According to the OASIS brochure, the program's motto is "Excellence in Warrior Restoration". 

OASIS is the only program of its kind in the Navy at this time.  It has a strong treatment basis of psychology, mostly cognitive behavioral therapy.  The clinic is unique in that it is open to integrating treatment for its patients in individualized recovery programs.  This means the program has some flexibility and the servicemember's voice in their treatment options is strong.  Some of the kinds of integrative therapies that have been available (resources vary on funding, and volunteer time and talent):  FOCUS program, marital and family counseling, local non-profit veteran support groups, group therapy, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, chaplain referrals, art therapy, physical therapy, music therapy, and volunteerism.

According to the OASIS brochure, to be eligible for the program, you must be:
  • active duty servicemember
  • have a combat PTSD diagnosis that has not improved with outpatient treatment
  • medically stable
  • sober for at least one week

If you are interested in the program, talk with the OASIS Nurse Case Manager (619) 553-0075. 
You may need:
  1.  a referral from your primary care provider,
  2. TAD/TDY orders from your chain of command for 10 weeks or so

Related Information on OASIS
OASIS blog post from Jan. 2012
PTSD Patients Build Resiliency at Navy Medicine’s OASIS
This article, written by LCDR (Dr.) Paul Sargent, Division Officer and founding Program Director for Overcoming Adversity and Stress Injury Support (OASIS), refers to resilience as a dynamic state of being. This aspect (resilience as a dynamic state) is often skipped or not well explained.

OASIS website

Other articles on Navy Medicine and Combat Stress
A Grateful Marine’s Journey through Navy Medicine

Update on OASIS project March 11, 2012:
Front & Center: Military Talk Radio
Show No. 52, March 11, 2012
Listen to the interview on Front and Center Radio talk show, starts 30 minutes into the March radio show. LCDR Paul Sargent and Dr. Richter, managers of the Pt. Loma OASIS program.

--Megan

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