Veteran’s Crisis Line
Website: www.veteranscrisisline.net(link is external)
Connects veterans in crisis (and their families and friends) with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
Treatment for Active-Duty Service Members
Alcohol and drug rehabilitation services are available through each of the five branches of the U.S. Military: the Army, the Marine Corps, the Navy, the Air Force and the Coast Guard. Substance abuse and dependence are not uncommon among military personnel or their families. Because drug and alcohol use can affect judgment and impair performance, substance abuse in active-duty service members is seen as a threat to national security. The possession, use, distribution or manufacture of illegal substances is strictly prohibited under military law.
Active-duty service members are encouraged to self-report problems with drug or alcohol abuse in order to receive prompt, efficient medical treatment. Each branch of the military makes it a priority to prevent and treat substance abuse in active-duty service members:
Army Substance Abuse Program: Provides substance abuse prevention, counseling and intensive rehabilitation services for soldiers, military family members and civilian employees
Marine Corps Community Services Substance Abuse Program: Provides drug and alcohol screening, substance abuse counseling, treatment, aftercare and case management to active-duty Marines and their beneficiaries
Navy Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation (SARP): Provides screening, counseling and referrals to outpatient or inpatient services for active-duty service members, Navy family members or veterans
Air Force Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program (ADAPT): Provides preventive education and treatment to active-duty personnel and their family members
Coast Guard Substance Abuse Program: Provides education, treatment and training that support the U.S. Coast Guard’s policies on substance abuse and dependence
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides substance abuse treatment for veterans who suffer from alcohol or drug abuse or dependence. Whether you need outpatient counseling, group therapy or medically supervised inpatient rehabilitation, the VA offers these services to veterans throughout the country. VA medical centers offer substance abuse treatment for eligible veterans, including:
- Therapy for the psychological sources of substance abuse, like PTSD, depression and anxiety
- Individual counseling to help you identify the triggers for drug or alcohol use and avoid a relapse
- Counseling for couples and families on how to strengthen relationships in recovery
- Access to support groups outside the VA system, like Alcoholics Anonymous or Rational Recovery
- Medications to help you recover from alcohol dependence by suppressing the craving for alcohol or minimizing long-term withdrawal symptoms
While some veterans find support and strength in VA rehabilitation services, others prefer to seek treatment in private facilities. Private rehabilitation may be more costly than VA substance abuse treatment, which may be covered by your military benefits. However, if you feel that you’d have a better chance of successful recovery in a private setting, the extra expense will be worthwhile. Nothing is more important than getting your life back after battling the disease of addiction.
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the component of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) led by the Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health that implements the medical assistance program of the VA through the administration and operation of numerous VA Medical Centers (VAMC), Outpatient Clinics (OPC), Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC), and VA Community Living Centers (VA Nursing Home) Programs.
Many evaluations have found that by most measures VHA care is equal to, and sometimes better than, care provided in the private sector, when judged by standard evidence-based guidelines.
The VHA is distinct from the U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System of which it is not a part.
The VHA division has more employees than all other elements of the VA combined.