Serving your country takes strength and perseverance. Military service can be exciting, difficult, or even traumatic, and it often involves challenging transitions.
For some service members and veterans, the stress of life in the military or the return to the civilian world — or even some elements of military culture — can lead to problems with drugs or alcohol.
If your drinking or drug use becomes excessive and more habitual over time, it is important to think about how it is affecting your life. It’s never too late to take control of your well-being. Confronting drug and alcohol problems — and reaching out for support to overcome them — is a sign of strength. It takes courage to seek treatment, but that step can be the first on your path to recovery.