PTSD & Substance Abuse

MISSION


PTSD is an anxiety disorder that results from experiencing a dangerous, frightening, or uncontrollable event such as military combat, violent crime, or a life-threatening accident. The PTSD program is dedicated to providing support for veterans and their families and advocates for the necessary health care to treat PTSD, including diagnoses, research, specialized programs and educational efforts.

VVA’s substance abuse program provides outreach and support for all veterans and their families. The program advocates for the mental health care needed to treat substance abuse, recognizing the continued need for these services for many veterans.

Around 1980, the American Psychiatric Association designated PTSD to describe a delayed-stress syndrome commonly experienced by combat-veterans. Although PTSD is often associated with Vietnam veterans, it appears in veterans of all wars and eras.


THREE OTHER TERMS FOR PTSD:
  1. Soldier’s heart
  2. Shell Shock
  3. Battle Fatigue

what we're doing


The Latest:
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Artilleryman Overcame Drug Use and PTSD
Pfc. Ron Sales graduated from the then William Hooper Councill High School in Huntsville, AL in 1966. He left Alabama A&M University in February…

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The Majority of Veteran Suicides Are 50 and Older – We Still Don’t Know Why
On July 7, the Veterans Health Administration released new data about veteran suicides, based upon the examination of over 55 million veteran records from…

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PTSD & Substance Abuse Committee Update July/August 2016
During the April PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee meeting we discussed the growing concern surrounding suicide among veterans, with a special focus on the aging Vietnam…

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Our Leaders
Thomas Hall, Ph.D.

Title: Chair of PTSD/Substance

Program: PTSD/Substance Abuse

Committees: PTSD


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HELPFUL DOCUMENTS FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

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 dsimmons@vva.org.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP:

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.

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