Understanding and Identifying Substance Abuse

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*Military OneSource does not provide medical counseling services for issues such as depression, substance abuse, suicide prevention or post-traumatic stress disorder. The article below is intended for informational purposes only. Military OneSource can provide referrals to your local military treatment facility, TRICARE or another appropriate resource.

Understanding and identifying a substance abuse problem, whether in your life or that of a friend, can be an emotional journey. Anyone can be at risk for substance abuse; however, it can often be triggered by major military life stressors such as combat, deployment, field duty, and frequent moves or separations from family. Know the triggers, warning signs and where to get help.

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