PVAMC Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Program Description

Many veterans have problems with use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. This can include use of street drugs as well as using prescription medications in ways they weren’t prescribed. Such substance use can harm health, cause mood and behavior problems, hurt social relationships, and cause financial problems. Many people find it difficult to cut down or stop using substances on their own. Effective treatments for substance use problems are available at VA. Available treatments address all types of problems related to substance use, from unhealthy use of alcohol to life-threatening addictions.

The VA provides effective, scientifically proven services for all eligible veterans, no matter where they come for services. VA providers know that in many cases substance use problems are continuing conditions that require care over a long period of time. For other veterans, the substance use problems may be resolved more quickly with attention paid to related problems. Such related problems could be posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, pain, disturbed sleep, irritability, and/or relationship problems.


  • First-time screening for alcohol or tobacco use in all care locations.
  • Short outpatient counseling including focus on motivation.
  • Intensive outpatient treatment.
  • Residential (live-in) care.
  • Medically managed detoxification (stopping substance use safely) and services to get stable.
  • Continuing care and relapse prevention.
  • Marriage and family counseling.
  • Self-help groups.
  • Drug substitution therapies and newer medicines to reduce craving.


  • To determine eligibility:
  • Call 1-800-827-1000, VA's general information hotline, or
  • Contact the OEF/OIF Coordinator at your local VA Medical Center, or
  • Contact your local Vet Center, or
  • Speak with your existing VA healthcare provider.

About Providence VA Medical Center

The Providence VA Medical Center (PVAMC) is dedicated to providing Veterans residing in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts with high-quality health care, across the full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology. Find more information at Providence VA Medical Center

Contact Info

Robert F. Tilton, Psy.D.

401-273-7100 x4246



Providence VA Medical Center

830 Chalkstone Avenue

Providence, RI 02908

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