Sometimes you just need to relax after work.

Sometimes it just feels good to unwind in these really stressful times.

And sometimes you just can’t help yourself until it costs you everything!

You know you’re in control.  “You’ve stopped hundreds of times.”

 

Addiction comes with many faces.  You may be addicted to Alcohol or Drugs, but vets are also likely to be involved in behavior others don’t even think of as addiction, such as gambling, reckless behaviorunprotected sex with lots of partners, unsafe driving, especially on motorcycles, over or under eating, or just picking fights with people.

Check the “VA on Addiction” page for complete descriptions and learn more about alcohol or drug problems, treatment options, self-help tools, and resources to help you find healthier ways to cope.

Non-VA LOCAL HELP

Know A Vet presents this information and these national resource directories, not as a recommendation of any specific service or provider, but as a starting point for your own research.

Please feel free to use the check sheets Before, During and After the Medical Appointment at https://www.knowavet.org/before-during-and-after-a-medical-appointment/and Choosing a Medical Service Provider, at https://www.knowavet.org/choosing-a-medical-service-provider/, to help you in your search for the best help for your individual circumstances.

In addition, there may be other federal, state and local government or private resources for your individual needs.  A VSO counselor https://www.knowavet.org/office-of-vet-services/  may be able to help you find them.

While we strongly urge you to take advantage of all you have earned through your service, we understand there are many reasons why you may prefer non-VA service providers. Here are some places to start:

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Learn more about what it feels like to live your best life. Go to our Self-Help Page to explore other issues that can bring you "All The Way Home".

Also, check out the Claims and Appeals topic to maximize compensation and benefits for yourself AND your loved ones.

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