TriWest Behavioral Health Site Connects Veterans to VA Recovery Programs

PHOENIX (July 19, 2023) — Substance abuse issues can affect any gender, age, profession, economic status, race or ethnicity, and Veterans can be especially vulnerable. Whether substance abuse problems are connected to service-related trauma or post-service issues, the result is harmful to quality health and well-being.

According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Veterans (NSDUH 2020), 2.4 million individuals or 12% of Veterans had a substance abuse disorder. Different factors can contribute to abuse and dependency – known as Substance Abuse Disorder – but it is important Veterans are aware treatment is available.

Veterans exploring assistance on Behavioral Health issues like substance abuse have support. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and TriWest Healthcare Alliance (TriWest) offer and support a range of clinically appropriate tools, guides and resources. Those who discover they are in need of Behavioral Health support and treatment can find VA programs that help Veterans on a journey toward recovery.

VA provides many options for Veterans coping with substance abuse problems ranging from unhealthy alcohol use to life-threatening drug addiction. Behavioral Health programs can help treat dependency issues with alcohol, tobacco, street drugs and prescription medicines.

TriWest and VA work and strive daily to help Veterans find and receive support for substance abuse problems through established and innovative VA therapies. Veterans struggling with dependency issues should know they are not alone and there are often local programs that lead to recovery.

Learn more about how VA substance abuse treatment programs are helping Veterans in this new VA News article on a successful program at one VA facility.