Online Program Aims to Help Veterans Reduce Their Drinking and PTSD Symptoms

A new free, self-guided online program is designed to help active-duty military and veterans reduce their drinking and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).VetChange allows veterans to build personalized action plans to handle real-world situations that trigger unhealthy drinking and track their progress over time.

Among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, between 25 to 30 percent – of an estimated 2.2 million people who have been deployed – may have problems with drinking, according to Dr. Deborah Brief, one of the clinical architects of VetChange. Veterans drink for a variety of reasons, including decreasing anxiety, feeling more comfortable around other people, decreasing unwanted thoughts about the war, or improving sleep.

Full story of programs to assist vets with drinking an PTSD at drugfree.org

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Will Savage

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