Alcohol and other drugs are often used in response to stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges. VA has many treatment options to help Veterans recover from substance use.
September is Suicide Prevention Month and Recovery Month. Aug. 29 to Sept. 4, 2021, was Overdose Awareness Week. This is a great time to seek help with drinking or other substance use.
Recovery is possible
Reaching out to people you trust can be healing. If you or someone you know is experiencing trouble with alcohol or other substances, treatment can work. VA is working quickly to share VA resources, call center information, peer support and other community services.
VA is committed to supporting treatment for Substance Use Disorder (SUD).
SUD, often referred to as “addiction,” is a treatable disease that causes people to have difficulty controlling their use of alcohol, drugs and other substances, including opioids.
Untreated, this use can begin to impact many aspects of life.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can impact substance use and vice versa.
Lean on your Veteran community and reach out to VA to learn more about what is available.
PTSD is a treatable mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident or sexual assault.
PTSD treatment works and includes different types of psychotherapy (talk therapy) or medication. For Veterans with PTSD and problem drinking, VetChange is a mobile app that can help them build skills to address both issues.
With a dramatic rise in drug overdoses, VA urges you to learn more about how to stop overdose.
VA has a robust opioid overdose prevention program, with naloxone – a medication that reverses opioid overdose – available at no cost to VA patients at-risk for overdose. Ask your provider if naloxone is right for you.
Additional VA resources
Bottom line: Support is available if you want it. Even if none of these resources appeal to you, get help. Talk about it with someone; try something new.
If you are struggling, the worst thing you can do is nothing. Don’t be afraid to lean on your Veteran community and please consider reaching out to VA if you would like to learn more about what is available.
We’re here for you.
Find more on common reactions and tips for managing stress at our blog post, Coping with current events in Afghanistan.