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VA Support for Alcohol or Drug Misuse

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VHA has resources which provide Veterans support and treatment.

by Hans Petersen, VA staff writer
Monday, September 30, 2013

Alcohol and drug misuse can lead to serious health and relationship problems.

The Veterans Health Administration has many resources to help Veterans and their loved ones answer questions, find support, get treatment and recover.

Please read on to find information on some of these resources.

Problems with drinking or drug use may occur in response to stress, or in combination with posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, or other medical conditions.

Fortunately, there are proven methods to help Veterans recover from alcohol or drug misuse and dependence including mutual help groups and effective treatment.

A Confidential Screen Will Help

Do you or a Veteran in your family have symptoms of alcohol or drug abuse? One way of determining that is to take a brief confidential and anonymous screen.

Only you will see the results of the brief screen. None of the results are stored or sent anywhere. You can choose to print a copy of the results for your own records or to give to your physician or a mental health professional.

There are proven methods to help Veterans recover.

You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

Abuse of substances such as alcohol and drugs can lead to increased risk of injuries, accidents,or physical and mental health problems.

Although quitting is difficult, you do not have to do it alone. Follow these links to valuable information that will help.

  • VA SUD Program Locator: The program locator will help you find local VA Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Programs.
  • Effective treatments for substance use problems are available at VA. Available treatments address all types of problems related to substance use from unhealthy use to life-threatening addictions.
  • The Summary of VA Treatment Programs for Substance Use Problems page provides you with information on the treatment programs the VA uses.
  • MakeTheConnection.net: Visit this site to view hundreds of stories from Veterans of all service eras who have addressed their substance use and overcome mental health challenges.

Alcohol screening followed by brief alcohol counseling has been very effective in helping Veterans with existing and potential drinking problems and is a national prevention priority for the VA.

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