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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
drug substitution therapies and newer medicines to reduce craving