Treating alcohol and substance misuse

  • Tobacco and alcohol are the most commonly used substances that cause veterans harm. However, prescription medication and illicit substance misuse also have a significant impact. 
  • Alcohol dependence is often comorbid with substance use. Therefore, screen for multiple substances. e.g. the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST).
  • Referral pathways for veterans are available via the DVA community-based AOD services panel.