Substance Use: VA Programs & Services
Programs & Services
VA Programs & Services
Misusing substances such as alcohol, drugs, or tobacco can increase your risk for injuries, accidents, and physical and mental health problems. To change your substance use, you do not have to do it alone.
This locator will help you find local VA treatment programs that address all types of problems related to substance use, from health effects to life-threatening behaviors. The Summary of VA Treatment Programs for Substance Use Problems provides information on the types of treatment programs available.
VA’s Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards website provides information on quitting, preventing, and treating smoking and tobacco use for Veterans, their families, and health professionals.
Local Recovery Coordinators (LRCs)
LRCs can help Veterans with substance use disorders find resources to promote their recovery. Each VA medical center has an LRC who leads recovery discussion groups, creates special education programs, and makes recovery-focused programs available to Veterans. LRCs can also help you arrange services. Find an LRC near you.
Visit MakeTheConnection.net to hear Veterans’ candid descriptions of life with substance use disorders, including alcohol and drug problems. A variety of Veterans — men and women, younger and older — share their emotions, actions, and symptoms; how they learned they had a substance use disorder; and what they did to get on a path to recovery.
In an effort to prevent fatal opioid overdoses, VA developed a national OEND program to train Veterans on how to prevent, recognize, and respond to an opioid overdose. The following brief videos show clinicians discussing OEND with Veterans and training them to use VA national naloxone kits.