The following information and web resources may be useful when working with veterans who are experiencing substance use problems.
- This detailed summary handout (PDF) can be provided to veterans to help them engage in treatment.
- For more general information on anxiety to provide to veterans who are concerned about their mental health, but have not yet engaged in treatment, see At Ease for veterans.
- DVA Changing the Mix: This self-paced correspondence program teaches strategies to help veterans change their drinking patterns. Contact the Changing the Mix team on 1800 1808 68.
- DVA The Right Mix: Contains factsheets, self-assessment drinking measures, and tips for changing drinking behaviours.
- WHO self-help booklet (PDF) : Includes strategies for cutting down or stopping substance use.
- NCPIC ‘Reduce Your Use’ online cannabis program: This online program helps individuals reduce or stop their cannabis use.
Mobile device apps
- DVA's free ON TRACK with The Right Mix smart phone app assists users in keeping track of the number and types of drinks they consume; the amount of money they spend and explains the impact alcohol has on their wellbeing and fitness levels.
Recommended reading and online information
- DVA Mental Health Video - Alcohol and Substance Abuse: current and ex-serving members of the ADF share real stories of their experience with substance use.
- DVA Mental Health and Wellbeing after Military Service booklet (PDF) : Contains useful information about experiences and issues that may arise during transition from military to civilian life, for ex-serving members and their families.
- National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC): Provides information and links to treatment resources relating to cannabis use. NCPIC also has a telephone counselling service contactable on 1800 30 40 50.
- Australian Drug Foundation: Provides advice on community services and information about substance use. It includes:
- DrugInfo : provides factsheets, library access and drug statistics.
- Family Drug Support (FDS): Provides a 24-hour telephone counselling line to support families affected by alcohol and substance use. Contact FDS on 1300 368 186.
- NDARC Comorbidity Booklets: Provides information on substance use and a range of comorbid conditions e.g., trauma, anxiety, mood, personality.