PTSD: National Center for PTSD
Veterans and Service members may turn to alcohol to cope with stress, trouble sleeping and other challenges. VetChange is a mobile app that can help users with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) build skills to reduce problem drinking.
VetChange offers proven self-help tools that build skills to help you stop or cut back on problem drinking.
Use VetChange to:
- Set personal goals to stop or cut back on drinking
- Track your progress and stay motivated with customized tools
- Learn about how alcohol use relates to PTSD symptoms
- Practice self-help tools to cope with your emotions without drinking
- Find resources to connect with people who can help in a crisis or when you need support
Not a Veteran or Service member? 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
VetChange can be used as a stand-alone education and self-care tool, or as a supplement to professional mental health care. Use the Drink Log to set goals to reduce drinking and track drinks each day. Use coping tools to manage the urge to drink. Track your progress and PTSD symptoms over time. The app can also help you create your own personal support network.
Introduction to the VetChange app
This video provides information about the VetChange app and shows you how to use its many available features.
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; as the self-monitoring data belong to each user, HIPAA concerns do not apply while the data are stored or shared. If the user were to transmit or share data with a health care provider, the provider must then comply with the HIPAA rules.
VetChange is a free, confidential online program to help you take control of your drinking and learn to manage PTSD symptoms without using alcohol. Set goals that are right for you. Work at your own pace. Build skills to better manage your drinking. Get video guidance and tips from experienced therapists who work with Veterans and Service members every day.
Who Created VetChange?
VetChange was created by the VA's National Center for PTSD in partnership with VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University.