There is no doubt that 2020 has been a year marked for many people by higher stress, financial challenges and general uncertainty. These challenging times often mean more people turning to substances to help cope with life difficulties. VA offers treatment options for substance use concerns that range from alcohol use impacting your health to life-threatening addictions.

Mental health conditions may also contribute to use of alcohol and/or other substances. Conditions include depression, PTSD and military sexual trauma. VA offers mental health services for Veterans.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact the Veterans Crisis Line to receive free, confidential support and crisis intervention available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, text to 838255 or chat online at