substance abuse

Alcohol Misuse: Early Signs and Symptoms

Alcohol is commonly used by service members and civilians alike. It is sometimes used as a social activity with your buddies or a way to cope with stress.

Preventing Prescription Drug Misuse

Many treatment plans for psychological and physical wounds alike include the use of prescription medications. Certain types, such as those to treat pain or anxiety, have the potential to cause dependence.

How Veterans Can Address Substance Misuse

Substance misuse is a common concern facing service members, veterans and civilians. Substances like alcohol, tobacco and drugs may be used as a way to cope with stress related to combat, reintegration or a psychological health concern. Although using substances may feel like a way to destress or give you relief, their misuse can have a lasting, serious impact on your life.

Recognizing and Seeking Help for Substance Misuse

Substance misuse is the use of a substance in a way that negatively affects your physical, mental, emotional or social well-being.

The Role of Family and Loved Ones in Substance Misuse

Through the years, studies from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and other organizations have shown a relationship in service members between stressful events during training or while deployed, and later a dependence upon alcohol, tobacco or other substances
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