Misuse of alcohol and other substances—including over-the-counter, prescription, and street drugs—can impact your body, brain, career, finances, and relationships. The upside is that help is available, and you can recover.
VA services: Substance abuse programs
Veterans who experience problems with alcohol, tobacco, or other substances can seek help from the VA. Services include drug and alcohol screenings, counseling services, and in-patient treatment programs.
Drug Demand Reduction Program
DoD helps educate civilian and military personnel about the dangers of drug misuse and abuse with its Drug Demand Reduction Program (DDRP). In addition, you can find out about policies, education and outreach programs, and drug testing procedures.
Alcohol and drug abuse self-assessment
Help identify any issues you might have with drugs or alcohol by taking this self-assessment from Health.mil. Learn about available treatment options too.
This DoD campaign addresses alcohol abuse through an interactive website with the mission to educate Military Service Members not to be “that guy.” The campaign goal is to encourage responsible drinking and reduce excessive drinking, especially among young enlisted men and women.
Get the facts on alcohol and drug abuse from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Learn how different types of prescription and commonly abused drugs affect your body, thoughts, feelings, and more. Find out about prevention, symptoms, and treatment options as well. Videos also include information for adults, teens, leaders, and healthcare providers.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides numerous publications and services to help with alcohol and drug abuse. Most publications can either be downloaded or ordered as pre-printed handouts.
- Publications about substance use
- Substance abuse treatment facility locator
- Anger management for substance abuse and mental health
See also HPRC’s “Where do you serve?” section for your branch of service for additional policy and other branch-specific information. See our home page for links to each service branch.