Veterans face a number of challenges upon returning to civilian
life. Far too many lack the resources and support system needed to combat
the psychological and emotional trauma that comes when they
return home, leaving them to self-medicate. Substance Abuse Disorder
can pervade any home, but it is especially problematic for
returning veterans. Luckily, there are resources available for our service men
Veterans and loved ones of veterans may use the resources below
to help cope with civilian life, ward off addiction, and heal properly.
We know the opioid crisis is effecting our Veterans here in Ohio
as well. The VFW is here to assist our comrades fight this problem. The
following link is to our State Service Officers who may be able to help you
find the help you may need email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cleveland area, email: email@example.com for the Cincinnati area and Truman.firstname.lastname@example.org for the Dayton area.
For help recovering from
addiction please visit: Ohio Addiction Resource Center: https://addictionresourcecenter.org from the Addiction Policy Forum
- Military Helpline: This crisis hotline is
staffed by members of the military who understand the stresses and
challenges faced by veterans and their families. Active members of the
military, veterans, and families can call (888) 457-4838 to discuss issues
like substance abuse, PTSD, anger, suicidal feelings, depression, and any
other issue that affects quality of life in this population.
- National Center for PTSD: Sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs, this website is a resource center of
information on post-traumatic stress disorder, one of the most common
reasons for substance abuse among veterans. The website provides
education, background information, and access to resources on PTSD.
- Operation Homefront: This program oversees a range
of programs that support military members and their families, including
emergency assistance funds, transitional housing services, mortgage-free
home awards, and resources for spouses and children.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA): Publications and Resources on Veterans and Military Families: This government agency and
leader in substance abuse treatment and research provides a detailed list
of services, tools, and informational materials on addiction for veterans
and their loved ones.
- S. Department of Health & Human Services: Supporting
This website lists resources on a broad range of topics affecting military
members and their families, including general health, mental health,
substance abuse, and other relevant topics.
- VA Caregiver Support: This program provides
assistance for family members who dedicate their time and resources to
caring for injured or disabled veterans. The website includes a list of
tools, services, and information about benefits available to spouses or
other family members. To contact the VA by telephone, family members can
call the Caregiver Support Line at (855) 260-3274.
- Veterans Crisis Line: Veterans and families seeking
help in a crisis situation can contact a Department of Veterans Affairs
responder at any time of the day or night, 365 days a year, by phone,
text, or online chat. For confidential assistance, call (800) 273-8255, or
send a text to 838255. The crisis line’s website includes resources and
tools on how to identify signs of a potential mental health or substance
abuse problem, and how to find treatment options for oneself or a loved
- Veterans Alcohol and Drug
Dependence Rehabilitation Program: Managed by the Veterans Health
Association, this program provides rehabilitation services to veterans
with substance abuse issues. Covered treatment includes detoxification
programs, alcohol or drug rehab, and psychiatric care.
- Women Veterans Call Center: Staffed by VA employees, this
call center is dedicated to answering questions and providing resources on
the concerns of female vets. Veterans or family members are welcome to call
the center at (855) VA-WOMEN.