HERO Program for veterans and active service members opens

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

A new program providing mental health and substance abuse treatment services for active members of all branches of the US Military as well as for veterans of all branches has opened in Opelousas, Louisiana. Chase Glenn, CEO of New Beginnings Recovery Center announced the opening of the HERO Treatment Program of New Beginnings. HERO stands for Heal, Empower, Recovery and Overcome. Glenn, in announcing the program opening, introduced Tony Miller, LPN as Program Director. Miller will direct the development and operations of the HERO Treatment Program. Glenn states, “There is a great need in our state and across the nation for a program that addresses the specific and myriad of issues and life concerns that impact the members of our military, both active and veterans. From Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to substance abuse as well as issues related to the return to life outside of the military, the members of all five branches of the United States services are challenged in many ways that civilians are not.”

Located just south of Opelousas on the wooded campus of New Beginnings Recovery Center, the HERO program will be cared for by a team of mental health and substance abuse professionals including a staff psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, social workers, therapists and counselors, nurses and mental health technicians. The New Beginnings campus, where the HERO program is located, features modern accommodations as well as individual and group meeting rooms, a cafeteria, recreational facilities, and the secluded grounds of the campus itself.

Tony Miller, LPN and Program Director of the HERO program commented, “It is our goal that our service heroes receive the very best in care that we can provide…care that is given with empathy and that has a positive result as the primary outcome.”

Miller is a lifelong resident of Ville Platte, Louisiana. He obtained his LPN nursing degree in 1994 and entered the behavioral health field in 2006. He has advanced training in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and is a REBT Practitioner and Peer Supervisor. Since 2011, he has devoted his career to providing treatment for both active members of the five branches of the US military and for veterans of all ages and conflicts. Miller states, “Having a son, deployed as a Marine, in both Iraq and Afghanistan, I understand the real concerns and issues that face our heroes. Our HERO program is built around caring for them with the same level of dedication and effort that they gave in their service to us here at home.”

The HERO program will serve both male and female active members of the five branches of service from ages 18 and up as well as all veterans of the various services. For more information on the HERO Treatment Program at New Beginnings, call 337-945-8847 or toll free 1-888-706-1870 or visit the HERO website at

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