Understanding a substance use problem can be the beginning of a better life. Learn how to identify the warning signs of substance use disorders and where to get help.
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Recognize signs of alcohol and prescription drug use
If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 988, then press 1, or access online chat by texting 838255.
A person can become dependent on drugs or alcohol gradually or over a short period of time.
Some warning signs include decreased energy, unexplained injuries, irritability, financial difficulties, poor work performance, relationship problems and poor personal hygiene.
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Use strategies to prevent substance use disorders
The best way to avoid substance use disorders is to recognize that a problem is forming and address it immediately. Be observant and proactive. Try to adopt healthy alternatives for coping with stress and be assertive about confronting a loved one about problematic behavior as soon as you see it.
Understand treatment and recovery options
Depending on the type of substance abuse, there are different options for getting the help you need. Each service branch has a substance use program. Treatment for military family members struggling with substance abuse is covered under TRICARE.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration operates a national helpline at 800-662-4357. You can also find a treatment center online.
Click on the map to find specialized substance use disorder programs by state and territory.
Help for families dealing with substance abuse
Substance abuse can affect the whole family. Support is available for family members.
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