Addiction Support For Veterans
Remembering Brian Kanterman is a non-profit organization that aims to find addiction support for veterans in need. We are proud of the work we do to get proper addiction support for veterans and finding them the help to get them through. If you are struggling with addiction and substance abuse, you are not alone. Sadly, many veterans have problems with the use of alcohol, tobacco, street drugs and prescription medicines. The VA goes great work to help veterans get the support for addiction they need. They provide many great options for veterans who are seeking treatment for substance use problems, which can range from unhealthy alcohol use to dangerous addictions.
What Does The VA Do?
The VA is one of the many great places where veterans can turn to for proven addiction support. There offer proven medication options, like nicotine replacement or other medicines that help stop the use of tobacco. They also provide medically managed detoxification to help safely stop substance use. Drug substitution therapies are also an available avenue, which is when you turn to newer medicines that will help reduce cravings. The VA also offers treatment and support for health condition that can be related to substance use problems, like depression and PTSD.
Counseling and other therapy options are also available through the VA. Here is a short list of some of the counseling and other therapy options you can find at the VA:
- Self-help groups.
- Marriage and family counseling.
- Residential live-in care.
- Short-term outpatient counseling.
- Continuing care and relapse prevention.
- Intensive outpatient treatment.
There are also special programs available for veterans who have specific concerns, like women vets, returning combat veterans, and veterans who are homeless. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and we can help you find the right help.
How To Access VA Services for Substance Abuse
To access the VA services for addiction support and substance use problems, you need to apply for VA healthcare. Once you apply, find your VA primary care provider and talk to them about your substance use. Your provider can help you get screened for substance use problems and other related issues, like PTSD and depression. They can also offer treatment and support.
However, if you do not have a VA primary care provider or have never been seen in a VA hospital or clinic, then you can call their general information hotline at 1-800-827-1000. Or you can find a VA medical center near you and they can get you the support you need.
What If I Don't Have VA Healthcare Benefits?
If you are a veteran seeking addiction and substance abuse support and do not have VA healthcare benefits, you still may be able to get help. Here are two ways how that is possible.
If You Served in a Combat Zone
Get free private counseling, alcohol and drug assessment, and other support at one of the VA centers if you served in a combat zone. If you served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn, you can call your local VA medical center and ask to speak to the OEF/OIF/OND coordinator.
If You Are Homeless or At Risk of Becoming Homeless
You can contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans 24 hours a day, 7 days a weeks at 1-877-424-3838. When you call, a trained VA counselor will provide information about VA homeless programs, healthcare, and other services in your area. Find your local Community Resource and Referral Center and give them a call or visit. If you do not qualify for VA healthcare, then their staff can help you find non-VA resources that you may qualify for instead. Learn more about VA programs for veterans who are homeless and get the help you need.
At Remembering Brian Kanterman, we aim to help veterans the best we can and provide them with the resources they need to live. Veterans looking for addiction support are very common, but our non-profit organization strives to help all who need it. Check out all of our programs which aim to help those who served, which includes finding service dogs for vets. Give back today to help us continue our effort to help the community.
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