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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- Get Help for Substance Abuse
- Find Mental Health Services
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse Help for Veterans
Get Help for Substance Abuse
Substance abuse is the misuse of alcohol (including underage drinking), use of illegal drugs, and the improper use of prescription or over-the-counter medications. Find treatment and recovery services for substance abuse and learn how to prevent drug and alcohol problems.
Recognize the Signs and Effects of Substance Abuse
Alcohol and drug addiction can happen to anyone at any age. Learn the signs of someone with a drug or alcohol problem, the effect of drugs, and how to prevent substance abuse:
- Find the signs of someone with a drug use problem.
- Find the signs of someone with an alcohol use problem.
- Learn about opioid abuse and addiction.
Find Treatment for Substance Abuse
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers these services to help with drug and alcohol abuse:
- Call SAMHSA’s national helpline 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.
- Search for a treatment facility near you. Get help with problems related to substance abuse, addiction, or mental health issues.
- The Alcohol Treatment Navigator 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.
- Get medication-assisted treatment (MAT). 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 prevent an opioid overdose.
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:
- Find a VA treatment center. Search for a local VA substance abuse disorder (SUD) treatment program or a VA medical center with mental health specialists.
- Contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online with a VA responder, 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. Locate a meeting center or an online support group.
- Al-Anon supports people affected by alcoholic family members or friends. Find a meeting in your area.
- Alateen is part of the Al-Anon safe group and offers help for teens dealing with a parent’s alcohol abuse.
- Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) assists people who want to stop abusing prescription or illegal drugs. Find a meeting center 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. Search for a meeting in your area.
- SMART Recovery assists young people and adults with alcohol or other addictions through group therapy sessions. Go to a SMART Recovery meeting in person or attend an online meeting.
Find Mental Health Services
Mental health is as important as physical health. It includes your emotional, psychological, and social well being. Mental illnesses are serious disorders that can affect your thinking, mood, and behavior. There are many factors in these disorders, including genes, family history, and life experiences.
These government services can help you find someone to talk to, treatment options, and information on a wide range of mental health issues.
Talk to Someone About Depression and Other Mental Issues
If you don’t have access to a health care professional, call for help with mental health problems.
- For emergency help, call 911.
- If you’re having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
- For help coping with stress, anxiety, or depression after a disaster, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990.
- If you’re a veteran experiencing a crisis, contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.
- To get a referral for mental health or substance abuse treatment, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
Get Treatment for Mental Disorders
Health centers and behavioral health treatment facilities can provide services that can help.
- Locate a health center near you to make an appointment for mental health services.
- Find a behavioral health treatment facility. This includes services for mental health issues or substance abuse problems.
- The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts research and clinical trials on many mental health issues. Learn how to participate in a clinical trial.
- Find mental health services for veterans. There are many options to help veterans and their family members deal with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other issues.
Find Mental Health Information
Get information about the warning signs of a mental health problem and how to talk about these issues with others.
- Learn how to talk about mental health—the facts, myths, and typical treatments—at MentalHealth.gov.
- Order mental health publications for help with a wide range of mental health issues, conditions, and disorders.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Help for Veterans
If you or someone you know needs help now, contact the Veterans Crisis Line. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can:
Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
Send a text message to 838255
Mental Health Services from the VA
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) mental health services can help with:
Eligibility for Mental Health Services
Veterans enrolled in VA health care can receive mental health services.
Even if you’re not enrolled in VA health care, you may be able to get help.
All veterans can get free VA mental health care for a year after they leave the military.
Vets 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 1-800-827-1000 to find out.
Find VA Facilities
You can call or go to any VA medical center or vet center to get help. VA medical centers are open 24/7. Find VA locations near you.
Substance Abuse Treatment for Veterans
Safe detoxification with medication
You can seek treatment at a VA location or you can find a VA substance use disorder treatment program near you.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The VA can help veterans with PTSD, no matter when the triggering event occurred.
Learn about PTSD and treatment options at the VA’s National Center for PTSD.
Find specialized PTSD treatment program locations.
Support Programs for Life Events
The inTransition program offers specialized coaching for military members and veterans during transitions like:
Changing duty stations
Returning from deployment
Preparing to leave the military
To enroll, call 1-800-424-7877. Outside the U.S., call (DSN) 1-800-424-4685.
Make the Connection helps vets, friends, and family find help for various life issues.
Self-Help Resources and Apps
Use these mobile apps and online tools to help work through challenges:
Free mental health smartphone apps help with managing stress, fighting depression, relaxation, and positive thinking. Other apps can help you quit smoking, lose weight, and work with a therapist.
The Veteran Training online self-help portal is for overcoming everyday challenges. It includes courses on problem-solving, parenting, anger management, and getting better sleep.
The PTSD Coach Online has tools to cope with symptoms like sadness, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. It was created to deal with issues that trauma survivors often develop.
More self-help resources include videos, books, and websites.
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: March 13, 2020