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Substance Use Disorders Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked QuestionsQ: Can SUD be treated?

A: Yes, but it’s not as simple as “stop using”. Due to often long exposure and use of a substance there can be a physical addiction as well as a psychological addiction. This not only makes it difficult to stop, it can make it dangerous. Talking to a healthcare professional is the first step for treatment recommendations to ensure your safety and success at recovery.

Q: Will I need to go to the hospital?

A: For some substance use disorders a medically monitored program in a hospital setting will provide the safest environment. It will frequently also will provide additional evaluations, medications and behavioral therapies.

Q: How common is co-occurring PTSD and SUD in Veterans?

A: Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is often an underlying factor for substance use disorders among veterans. Studies show that there is a strong relationship between PTSD and SUD, in the military population for both men and women.

Q: Is there treatment for Marijuana Use Disorder?

A: Treatment for marijuana addiction includes forms of behavioral therapy. No medications currently exist for treatment.

Q: Will I need to see a specialist to get help?

A: Some people start a discussion about getting help with their primary care physician. The treatment of substance use disorders usually involves a team of specialist including a primary care physician, psychiatrist and therapist. Treatment may include inpatient care or residential treatment followed by outpatient follow up care.

Q: How do I locate a specialist?

A: Veterans who are eligible to receive care under the Veterans Choice Program can locate a provider here: www.va.gov/opa/apps/locator/

Please visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apps/choice to check your eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program.