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Mobile App: VetChange



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This section is for Veterans, General Public, Family, and Friends

Mobile App: VetChange

VetChange screenshot on an iPhone

VetChange is an app for Veterans and Servicemembers who are concerned about their drinking and how it relates to posttraumatic stress after deployment, or for anyone who wants to develop healthier drinking behaviors.

Features include:

  • Tools for cutting down or quitting drinking
  • Information about alcohol use and how it relates to PTSD symptoms
  • Tools for managing stress symptoms without using alcohol
  • Tips to find support and professional treatment

NOTE: Unhealthy alcohol use and PTSD are mental health conditions that often require professional evaluation and treatment. VetChange is not intended to replace professional care for someone who has PTSD or who would benefit from counseling. Please tell your health care provider if you are using the app while you are in counseling.

How to Use VetChange

VetChange was developed for Veterans and Servicemembers who are looking to develop healthier drinking behaviors.

This app will help you:

  • Learn about how alcohol use and PTSD symptoms may be affecting your life, and build your motivation to change
  • Set weekly goals for cutting back or stopping drinking, and track your progress with a daily drink log
  • Manage drinking urges, daily stress and PTSD symptoms including problems with anger or sleep
  • Find support by phone or text message

NOTE: Although this mobile app is focused on Veterans and Servicemembers, it can be helpful for anyone concerned about his or her drinking.

Download the Mobile App

VetChange icon Free VetChange download from:
iTunes (iOS)Link will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site.

Who Created VetChange

VetChange was created by VA's National Center for PTSD in partnership with VA Boston HealthCare System and Boston University.

Privacy and Security

Any data created by the user of this app are only as secure as the phone/device itself. Use the security features on your device if you are concerned about the privacy of your information. Users are free to share data, but as the self-monitoring data belongs to each user, HIPAA concerns do not apply while the data is stored or shared. If the user were to transmit or share data with a health care provider, the provider must then comply with HIPAA rules.

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