Topic: “Problems with Drugs”
After experiencing decades of despair and drug misuse, Kevin found treatments that empowered him to rebuild his life and relationships. He also found a new purpose: helping other Veterans with substance use disorder navigate their obstacles to recovery.
4-minute readProblems with Drugs, Physical Injury, Homelessness, Feelings of Hopelessness, Family and Relationships
Drug and alcohol misuse and untreated symptoms of PTSD caught up to Rick when he was arrested after an incident at his home on Christmas Eve. This was the moment that prompted him to seek the treatment that turned his life around.
3-minute readProblems with Drugs, Problems with Alcohol, Financial and Legal Issues, PTSD, Transitioning From Service
Feeling hopeless is a symptom of depression, not a reflection of reality. Two Veterans explain how they overcame hopelessness and found support and treatments that turned their lives around.
4-minute readDepression, Feelings of Hopelessness, Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs, Problems with Alcohol
This Marine Veteran survived cancer, homelessness and isolation with the help of therapy, community and fencing.
4-minute readPhysical Injury, Homelessness, Problems with Drugs, Depression
Mary Ann’s focus on her children kept her motivated to seek and stick with VA treatment for substance use disorder and severe depression. The Navy Veteran found recovery, housing and a fulfilling job — all thanks to the treatment she had been avoiding for years.
4-minute readProblems with Drugs, Depression, Family and Relationships, Homelessness
David largely ignored the emotional toll of his military service, but he could not ignore the loss of his older brother a short time after David transitioned out. Aimless and alone, David took a self-destructive path of drug and alcohol misuse and criminal behavior. In the court system, he found treatment for substance use disorder and a navigated a new path.
3-minute readProblems with Drugs, Homelessness, Financial and Legal Issues
While serving in the prestigious 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, Daniel turned to drugs and alcohol after the suicide of his best friend. Several years later, it was the death of another loved one that moved Daniel to regain control of his life.
4-minute readPTSD, Problems with Drugs, Anger and Irritability
It can feel daunting to start a conversation or take a first step toward helping a loved one who’s facing a mental health challenge. Family members of Veterans share their stories and the lessons they’ve learned about making a difference.
4-minute readProblems with Drugs, Depression
Serving as a Navy Seabee, Phillip escaped certain death when an unseen hand rescued him from a mudslide in Honduras. A decade later, when he found himself mired in PTSD, anger, aggression, and drug use, it was VA that pulled him up. Now, Phillip is a state-certified peer specialist, offering a helping hand to other Veterans in crisis.
5-minute readPTSD, Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs, Nightmares, Homelessness
Rick, a U.S. Navy Veteran, overcame PTSD and problems with alcohol through cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, and more.
3-minute readPTSD, Problems with Drugs, Problems with Alcohol
Doug, a U.S. Army Veteran, battled addiction to opioids before finding help.
5-minute readProblems with Drugs
The latest Make the Connection video, "Strength Over Silence," highlights stories of how Veterans used their voices and reached out for mental health treatment to improve their lives.
3-minute readJobs and Employment, PTSD, Family and Relationships, Problems with Drugs, Transitioning From Service, Trouble Sleeping
Servicemembers continue to inspire us after their military service. Read four inspiring stories of Veterans who overcame challenges such as PTSD and problems with drugs.
6-minute readPTSD, Problems with Drugs, Physical Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, Flashbacks, Transitioning From Service