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What are signs of drug and alcohol abuse?

There are a number of warning signs of drug and alcohol abuse such as unhealthy or abusive behavior, deterioration in family relationships, a drop in school or work performance, a change in eating and sleeping habits, red eyes, a persistent cough, etc. Note that this list is not conclusive nor does it always represent the behavior of an individual abusing alcohol or drugs. If you or someone you know is showing symptoms of alcohol or drug abuse, consult a physician for more information and care. There are many support groups for families of individuals who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol such as Al-Anon Family Groups, which are relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems.

What are the eligibility requirements for Drug and Alcohol Dependence Treatment through Veterans' Administration (VA)?

Veterans who are eligible for Veterans Association (VA) medical care may apply for substance abuse treatment. Veterans without service-connected disabilities whose incomes exceed the threshold for free medical care may be required to make co-payments for their treatment. Check with your local VA medical facility for more information.

Where can I find information about alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment?

There are a number of resources individuals can turn to for assistance with alcohol or drug abuse problems such as health care providers, support groups, and rehab centers. Check your local phone directory for information on programs available in your civilian community or contact the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) office for resources available to you in your military community. The ASAP provides a number of services to prevent and detect substance abuse, as well as help individuals overcome substance problems. Among the services they offer are individual, group, and family counseling related to substance abuse to active duty, family members of active duty, DA Civilian employees, and military retirees and their family members. They also coordinate with self-help groups such as Alcohol Anonymous, Alanon, Alateen, etc. The Veterans Administration also offers Drug and Alcohol Dependence Treatment to veterans.

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