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Substance Abuse Resources for Veterans

They volunteered their time and service to our country. They sacrificed their comfort and peace of mind. “They” are the veterans of the United States military. Many men and women retire from the military with memories they wish they didn’t have. For many of them, these plaguing thoughts have the power to wreak havoc on their lives and those of their loved ones. In many cases, veterans turn to drugs and alcohol as a result of various mental disorders associated with these thoughts, especially PTSD. Luckily, there are resources available to help.

Are you a veteran struggling with a substance misuse or co-occurring disorder (PTSD, depression, anxiety, etc.)? Are you a friend or other loved one of a veteran, and you want to learn more about substance use and PTSD among veterans or the ways you can help them? If so, you’ll find the answers to your questions on this page, including information on rehab centers and VA options.

How Rehab Centers Help

Learn what treatment programs are available at standard drug rehabilitation centers for veterans. You can also get information on what to expect from VA substance abuse programs throughout the country.

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For Family and Friends

Watching your veteran loved one suffer with substance misuse or a mental health disorder (or both) can be difficult. Find out how you can support them and help them get the treatment they need.

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PTSD and Substance Use

If you’re interested in learning more about post-traumatic stress disorder, including the symptoms, statistics, and associated substance use disorders, you can find the answers here.

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Most Common Substances

Whether it’s for pain, a mental disorder, sleeping trouble, or any other disorder, various substances are used (with and without a prescription) by veterans. Find out which ones are most popular.

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Why Do Veterans Misuse Drugs?

Transitioning back to civilian life can be difficult for some veterans with obstacles like PTSD, depression and pain. Find out more about how these factors play a role in substance misuse among veterans.

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Veterans was last modified: July 21st, 2017 by The Recovery Village