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Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Find mental health services, including treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Get help for veterans and family members to deal with mental health issues.

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  • Find Treatment for Substance Abuse

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers these services to help with drug and alcohol abuse:

    •  at 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357). This treatment referral and information service is confidential, free, and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
    • . Get help with problems related to substance abuse, addiction, or mental health issues.
    • The explains how different treatment options work, how to choose a quality program, and how to get support for yourself or for a loved one through the recovery process.
    • . This involves using medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders. It can be used for opioid addictions, such as heroin and prescription pain relievers that contain opiates, and to help .    

    Find Substance Abuse Treatment Programs for Veterans

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers veterans and their families a wide range of support services for substance abuse:

    • . Search for a local VA substance abuse disorder (SUD) treatment program or a VA medical center with mental health specialists.
    •  at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, , or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    Find Local Help Centers for Alcohol and Drug Addiction

    Get help from local support groups and other services in your community to stop drinking and taking drugs:

    • Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) helps people with problems controlling how much alcohol they drink, and who wish to stop drinking. or an .
    • Al-Anon supports people affected by alcoholic family members or friends. .
    • Alateen is part of the Al-Anon safe group and offers .
    • Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) assists people who want to stop abusing prescription or illegal drugs. or online support group by searching for the local helpline or website for the area where the meeting is located.
    • NAR-Anon supports people affected by someone using and abusing drugs. .
    • SMART Recovery assists young people and adults with alcohol or other addictions through group therapy sessions. or .
    at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

  • For mental health issues after a disaster - Contact the at 1-800-985-5990.

  • For veterans experiencing a crisis - Contact the at 1-800-273-8255Đang chơi bài, and press 1. 

  • For substance abuse treatment and mental health referrals - Call the at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

  • Get Treatment for Mental Health Disorders

    Health centers and behavioral health treatment facilities can provide services that can help. 

    • to make an appointment for mental health services.

    • . This includes services for mental health issues or substance abuse problems.

    • The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) conducts research and clinical trials on many mental health issues. NIMH is a part of the National Institutes of Health. .

    • Find mental health services for veterans and their family members. These services can help with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other issues.

    Find Mental Health Information

    Đang chơi bàiGet information about the warning signs of a mental health problem and how to talk about these issues with others.

    • Đang chơi bàiLearn how to talk about mental health—the facts, myths, and typical treatments—at .

    Đang chơi bài for help with a wide range of mental health issues, conditions, and disorders.

    . Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can:

    • Send a text message to 838255

    Mental Health Services from the VA

    can help with:

    • Anxiety

    • Đang chơi bàiOther issues

    Eligibility for Mental Health Services

    Veterans enrolled in VA health careĐang chơi bài can receive mental health services.

    Đang chơi bàiEven if you're not enrolled in VA health care, you may be able to get help.

    • after they leave the military.

    • Đang chơi bàiVets who served in a combat zone can get free counseling and substance abuse screening at VA vet centers.

    • Other vets not enrolled in VA health care may be eligible for some types of support. Call the VA at 1-800-827-1000Đang chơi bài to find out.

    Find VA Facilities

    Đang chơi bàiYou can call or go to any VA medical center or vet center to get help. VA medical centers are open 24/7.

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Veterans

    Đang chơi bài can get help through the VA. Treatment :

    • Safe detoxification with medication

    • Outpatient counseling

    • Đang chơi bàiResidential care

    • Đang chơi bàiContinuing care

    You can seek treatment at a or you can .

    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    Đang chơi bàiThe VA can help , no matter when the triggering event occurred.

    • Đang chơi bàiLearn about PTSD and treatment options at the VA's .

    • Đang chơi bàiFind specialized .

    Support Programs for Life Events

    Đang chơi bàiThe program offers specialized coaching for military members and veterans during transitions like:

    • Đang chơi bàiChanging duty stations

    • Returning from deployment

    • Đang chơi bàiPreparing to leave the military

    To enroll, call 1-800-424-7877. Outside the U.S., call (DSN) 1-800-424-4685.

    helps vets, friends, and family find help for various life issues.

    Self-Help Resources and Apps

    Đang chơi bàiUse these mobile apps and online tools to help work through challenges:

    • help with managing stress, fighting depression, relaxation, and positive thinking. Other apps can help you quit smoking, lose weight, and work with a therapist.

    • Đang chơi bàiThe is for overcoming everyday challenges. It includes courses on problem-solving, parenting, anger management, and getting better sleep.

    • Đang chơi bàiThe has tools to cope with symptoms like sadness, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. It was created to deal with issues that trauma survivors often develop.

    • Đang chơi bàiMore self-help resources .

    Specialized Helplines for Veterans and Families

    You can also find help through these websites and toll-free numbers:

    • Combat veterans hotline - 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387). Combat vets can talk to a fellow combat veteran. The line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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    Last Updated: October 1, 2020

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