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

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


VetChange is a free, confidential online program to help you take control of your drinking and learn to manage PTSD symptoms without using alcohol.

Veterans and Servicemembers may turn to alcohol to cope with stress, trouble sleeping and other challenges. VetChange offers proven self-help tools that build skills to help you stop or cut back on problem drinking.

VetChange is a completely confidential way for you to:

  • Decide if it's time to change your drinking
  • Set personal goals to stop or cut back on drinking
  • Track your progress and stay motivated with daily feedback
  • Educate yourself about common situations that trigger drinking
  • Learn how to cope with stress, sleep problems, anger, and other feelings

Set the goals that are right for you. Work at your own pace. Get video guidance and tips from experienced therapists who work with Veterans and Servicemembers every day.

Not a Veteran or Servicemember? VetChange can still help you take control of your drinking and PTSD symptoms.

Unhealthy Alcohol Use and PTSD

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 program while you are in counseling.

How to Use VetChange

Start by registering and creating a personal account. You'll need to answer a few questions so we can customize your account for you. Your personal information is strictly confidential and won't be shared with VA or the military.

Once you've created an account, try to log in every day. The VetChange dashboard will allow you to track your drinking, set goals to stop or cut back on drinking, and access the tools to help you meet the goals you set. You can easily use many of the program's features on your smartphone or tablet.

Privacy and Security

To insure your privacy and the security of the data you enter, VetChange is best used on a personal computer, tablet, or smartphone. It is best to log out of VetChange each time you leave your computer. Some of the information that is collected will be saved and presented to you again in future sessions. You will have access to this as helpful summary information that provides feedback on your drinking. VA will also collect summary statistics about patterns of use on the various tools and pages contained in the program. Please review the complete privacy policy to learn more about how your data is kept secure.

Promotional Materials

These promotional materials provide a quick overview of VetChange. Print copies of the flyer or rack card to hand out or make them available in your office for patients to take.


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