Substance use treatment for Veterans support and US Locations map guide

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

As the resident Veteran for HereNOW Help I wanted to share the resources that have afforded many of my Veteran brothers and sisters throughout the entire United States. If you know someone who is a Veteran living with a substance abuse problem please read this so you know how you can help.

If you’re struggling with substance use problems, you’re not alone. Many Veterans have problems with the use of alcohol, tobacco, street drugs, and prescription medicines. We’re here to help. Find out how to get support for substance use problems through VA.

What services does VA provide for Veterans with substance use problems?

We provide many options for Veterans seeking treatment for substance use problems ranging from unhealthy alcohol use to life-threatening addiction. The services we offer you depend on your specific needs.

We offer proven medication options, like:

  • Medically managed detoxification to stop substance use safely, and services to get stable
  • Drug substitution therapies and newer medicines to reduce cravings (like methadone and buprenorphine for opiate addiction)
  • Nicotine replacement or other medicines for stopping tobacco use

We offer counseling and other therapy options, like:

  • Short-term outpatient counseling
  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Self-help groups
  • Residential (live-in) care
  • Continuing care and relapse prevention (making sure you don’t slip back into the same substance use problems)
  • Special programs for Veterans with specific concerns (like women Veterans, returning combat Veterans, and homeless Veterans)

We also offer treatment and support for health conditions that can be related to substance use problems, like:

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression

Learn more about treatment programs for substance use problems

Learn more about treatment programs for PTSD

Learn more about treatment programs for depression

How do I access VA services for substance use problems?

The VA health care program covers services to treat substance use problems. To access these services, first apply for VA health care.
Apply for VA health care

After you apply

If you have a VA primary care provider, talk to them about your substance use. Your provider can help you get screened for substance use problems and related issues (like PTSD or depression)—and can offer treatment and support as needed.

If you don’t have a VA primary care provider or have never been seen in a VA hospital or clinic:

If you served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), or Operation New Dawn (OND), call your local VA medical center, and ask to speak to the OEF/OIF/OND coordinator.
Find a VA medical center near you



Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Program

Learn more about Substance Use Disorders (SUD)

Click on the image top open up the official page for an interactive map of all Specialized SUD Programs in the US.

Where can I find more information and support?

How do I talk to someone right now?

Find out how to get support anytime, day or night. 

If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, connect with our caring, qualified Veterans Crisis Line responders for confidential help. Many of them are Veterans themselves. This service is private, free, and available 24/7.

To connect with a Veterans Crisis Line responder anytime day or night:

You can also:

  • Call 911.
  • Go to the nearest emergency room.
  • Go directly to your nearest VA medical center. It doesn’t matter what your discharge status is or if you’re enrolled in VA health care.
    Find your nearest VA medical center

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Add Comment *

Name *

Email *


Keep Reading: Related Posts

Video Game Addiction and Substance Abuse
By The Recovery Village | Editor Megan HullMedically Reviewed By Dr. Bonnie Bullock, PHD  | Last Updated: June 03, 2022 Editorial Policy | Research Policy Video game addiction impacts individuals from all walks of life and often co-occurs...
Do You Have Imposter Syndrome?
Extracted from Ditch Your Inner Imposter by Anna Lou Walker and PSYCOM has a quiz for you! Dr Valerie Young, co-founder of the Imposter Syndrome Institute, categorized people who experience imposter syndrome into five...
How Are You? Really, How Are You?
Shoba Sreenivasan, Ph.D., and Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D. What, if anything, do you want to know when you ask this question? What does it mean when you first see someone...