PTSD & Substance Abuse




PTSD/is a trauma and stressor-related Disorder. The essential features of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder results from experiencing a dangerous, frightening, or uncontrollable event, such as military combat, a violent crime, or a life-threatening accident. The PTSD program provides support for the veterans, their families, and their advocates for the necessary healthcare to treat PTSD, including diagnoses, research, specialized programs, and educational efforts.

Substance Use Disorders

The essential feature of a substance-use disorder is a cluster of cognitive, behavioral, and psychological symptoms indicating the individual continues using the substance, despite significant substance-related problems. VVA’s substance-abuse program provides outreach and support for all veterans and their families. We advocate for the mental healthcare needed to treat substance-use disorder, while recognizing the continued need for these service for many veterans.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. Free support is confidential and available 24/7. Call 1-800-273-8255, or text 838255.

what we're doing

The Latest:
PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update November/December 2021
BY THOMAS C. HALL, PH.D., CHAIR The PTSD/SA Committee continues to grapple with how to help new veterans manage the symptoms of PTSD. Americans,…

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PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update July/August 2021
BY THOMAS C. HALL, PH.D., CHAIR During a national critical shortage of mental health professionals in which demand is surging, many Vet Center counselors…

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PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update May/June 2021
BY THOMAS C. HALL, PH.D., CHAIR Upon returning to America, Vietnam veterans learned that each of us had experienced our own private wars alongside…

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Our Leaders
Thomas Hall, Ph.D.

Title: Chair of PTSD/Substance

Program: PTSD/Substance Abuse

Committees: PTSD


Send us a message:


VA National Center for PTSD

BBC OS Conversations: Coronavirus: War and Covid trauma
Interviews with Marsha Four and Dr. Tom Hall

Veterans Crisis Line
24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

If you are interested in joining the Veterans Against Drugs Program please contact: Dave Simmons at 1-800-882-1316 or e-mail

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Many veterans don’t have access to the health care services they need, making it difficult to seek proper treatment. You can help veterans obtain the services they need by making a monetary donation or by donating your used clothes, furniture, and other household items.