VA Services: Substance Abuse Programs
Help for those with a Substance Abuse Problem
Some Veterans who return from combat have problems with use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs. This can include use of street drugs as well as using prescription medications in ways they weren't prescribed. Such substance use can harm health, cause mood and behavior problems, hurt social relationships, and cause financial problems. Available treatments address all types of problems related to substance use, from unhealthy use of alcohol to life-threatening addictions.
A patient coming to VA can expect to find the following types of care:
- first-time screening for alcohol or tobacco use in all care locations
- short outpatient counseling including focus on motivation
- intensive outpatient treatment
- residential (live-in) care
- medically managed detoxification (stopping substance use safely) and services to get stable
- continuing care and relapse prevention
- marriage and family counseling
- self-help groups
- drug substitution therapies and newer medicines to reduce craving
How Can I Get Help?
- Speak with your existing VA healthcare provider
- Contact the OEF/OIF Coordinator at your local VA Medical Center
- Contact your local Vet Center
- Call 1-800-827-1000, VA's general information hotline
A list of VA and Vet Center facilities can be found online at Vet Center Locator, VA facility locator and www.vetcenter.va.gov
What is a Vet Center?
Stress & Mental Health Programs