American Addiction Centers (AAC) offers treatment programs for co-occurring illness and substance abuse tailored specifically for veterans. Our helpline is available 24/7.
While struggling with substance use disorder (SUD) can make you feel alone, many veterans have problems with using illicit substances, as well as abusing prescription medicines.1
About 1 in 10 US veterans meet the criteria to be diagnosed with SUD, while 11%-20% of veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). About 2 in 10 Veterans who struggle with PTSD also have SUD.2,3,4 Veteran Administration offers support by providing substance abuse treatment for veterans who are eligible for the program.
Veteran Administration offers support by providing substance abuse treatment for veterans who are eligible for the program. These veterans’ substance abuse programs are available to individuals who have:1
Veterans who are struggling with SUD might want to access Veterans Administration rehabilitation programs to get help for their struggles. If you are eligible, there are a few things you can do to get admitted into the Veterans Administration drug rehab program.1
Similarly, if you are a veteran who is either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, you should still contact the VA center near you. VA offers several homelessness programs, and you might be eligible for some of them. All calls are free and entirely confidential to protect your identity.1
Many veterans struggle with their mental health. More than 35% of returned Afghanistan and Iraq veterans who receive VA health care have been diagnosed with some mental health disorder. The most prevalent one is PTSD.7
About 1 in 3 veterans who are eligible for treatment at some of the veterans’ addiction treatment centers also have PTSD. PTSD leads to many distressful symptoms, such as flashbacks, upsetting memories, insomnia, and depression. Further on, this can lead to the development of SUD.4,8
Another common mental health issue veterans face is traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Veterans with TBI often end abusing prescription opioids they are given to deal with their trauma.9