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Substance Abuse

Substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive substance seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to abuse substances is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge a person's self control and ability to resist intense impulses urging him or her to use substances.

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Substances

There are a myriad of substances which can be abused or misused, all of which have dangerous health implications. While many drugs are illegal, some legal substances can be bad for you in large quantities or if taken incorrectly.

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Treatments

Scientific research has shown that treatment can help drug-addicted individuals stop drug use, avoid relapse and successfully recover their lives. Based on this research, 13 fundamental principles that characterize effective drug abuse treatment have been developed.

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Getting Help

Friends and family may be among the first to recognize the signs of substance abuse. Early recognition increases chances for successful treatment. Many treatment options and informational resources are available for members of the military community.

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Self Assessment for Alcohol and Drug Use [0% complete]

Welcome to the Alcohol & Drug Use assessment

Completing this questionnaire should take about 5 minutes. When you're done with the assessment, I'll tell you your results and I'll mention some resources you're sure to find helpful.

Because your privacy is of utmost importance, we do not gather any personal health information. For more information about the use of PHI and your personal privacy, please visit the Defense Privacy, Civil Liberties and Transparency Division of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Important Note

While this tool can help you determine if you need additional help, only a health care professional can provide an actual diagnosis.

Please click, "I Acknowledge" to confirm that you have read and understand these statements as they have been presented to you.

Alcohol
Cannabis
Cocaine
Amphetamine type stimulants (speed, diet pills, ecstasy, etc.)
Sedatives or sleeping pills (Valium, Serapax, Rohypnol, Ambien, etc.)
Other drug use (inhalants, hallucinogens, opioids, etc.)
Alcohol
Cannabis
Cocaine
Amphetamine type stimulants (speed, diet pills, ecstasy, etc.)
Sedatives or sleeping pills (Valium, Serapax, Rohypnol, Ambien, etc.)
Other drug use (inhalants, hallucinogens, opioids, etc.)
Alcohol
Cannabis
Cocaine
Amphetamine type stimulants (speed, diet pills, ecstasy, etc.)
Sedatives or sleeping pills (Valium, Serapax, Rohypnol, Ambien, etc.)
Other drug use (inhalants, hallucinogens, opioids, etc.)
Alcohol
Cannabis
Cocaine
Amphetamine type stimulants (speed, diet pills, ecstasy, etc.)
Sedatives or sleeping pills (Valium, Serapax, Rohypnol, Ambien, etc.)
Other drug use (inhalants, hallucinogens, opioids, etc.)
Alcohol
Cannabis
Cocaine
Amphetamine type stimulants (speed, diet pills, ecstasy, etc.)
Sedatives or sleeping pills (Valium, Serapax, Rohypnol, Ambien, etc.)
Other drug use (inhalants, hallucinogens, opioids, etc.)
Alcohol
Cannabis
Cocaine
Amphetamine type stimulants (speed, diet pills, ecstasy, etc.)
Sedatives or sleeping pills (Valium, Serapax, Rohypnol, Ambien, etc.)
Other drug use (inhalants, hallucinogens, opioids, etc.)
Alcohol
Cannabis
Cocaine
Amphetamine type stimulants (speed, diet pills, ecstasy, etc.)
Sedatives or sleeping pills (Valium, Serapax, Rohypnol, Ambien, etc.)
Other drug use (inhalants, hallucinogens, opioids, etc.)

Your score is in a range typically associated with no or low alcohol or drug use.

Although only a healthcare professional can provide a diagnosis your responses suggest that you are not experiencing symptoms associated with abuse of alcohol or other substances.

Recommendations

  • Consult with your health care provider if you have questions (or find a doctor on the TRICARE website).
  • For help right now, visit the Veteran Crisis Line for text support or call 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1).
  • You may benefit from learning about other health issues that are often linked to alcohol and substance use: depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, sleep, relationship stress, and anger.
* All questions require a response prior to proceeding

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DHA PI 6025.15: Management of Problematic Substance Use by DoD Personnel

Policy

This Defense Health Agency-Procedural Instruction (DHA-PI), based on the authority of References (a) and (b), and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (aa), establishes the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) procedures to assign responsibilities for problematic alcohol and drug use identification, diagnosis, and treatment for DoD military personnel.

  • Identification #: 6025.15
  • Date: 4/16/2019
  • Type: DHA Procedural Instruction
  • Topics: Substance Abuse

DHA PI 6490.01: BH Treatment and Outcomes Monitoring

Policy

This Defense Health Agency-Procedural Instruction (DHA-PI), based on the authority of References (a) and (b), and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (k): a. Establishes the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) procedures for the collection and analysis of BH outcome data. b. Addresses how DoD will standardize BH outcome data collection to: assess variations in mental health and substance use care among in-garrison medical treatment facilities (MTFs) and clinics; assess the relationship of treatment protocols and practices to BH outcomes; and identify barriers to provider implementation of evidence-based clinical guidance approved by DoD. c. Designates the Army as the DoD lead Service for maintenance and sustainment of the Behavioral Health Data Portal (BHDP) in specialty care mental health and substance use clinics, referred to collectively as BH clinics, until BHDP functionality can be integrated with GENESIS or another electronic health record (EHR) system managed by DHA. d. Designates DHA Information Operations (J-6) as lead on transitioning BHDP functional requirements related to outcomes monitoring to future EHR data collection platforms and processes.

DHA PI 6025.04: Pain Management and Opioid Safety in the MHS

Policy

The purpose of our MHS Pain Management Campaign is to enable Clinical Communities to provide evidence-based pain management guided by clinical practice guidelines (CPGs): effectively treat acute and chronic pain; promote non-pharmacologic treatment; prevent acute pain from becoming chronic; and minimize use of opioids with appropriate prescribing only when indicated. The Pain Management Clinical Support Service achieves these ends through clinical improvements in pain care, clinician and patient education, and research. This Defense Health Agency-Procedural Instruction (DHA-PI) is a dual effort between the Pain Management Clinical Support Service and the Clinical Communities to achieve our stated purpose through implementation of the MHS Stepped Care Model.

DoD Instruction 1010.04: Problematic Substance Use by DoD Personnel

Policy

Establishes policies, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for problematic alcohol and drug use prevention, identification, diagnosis, and treatment for DoD military and civilian personnel.

  • Identification #: DoD Instruction 1010.04
  • Date: 2/20/2014
  • Type: Instructions
  • Topics: Substance Abuse
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