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White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont


Substance Use Disorders

What is a substance use disorder?

This is a maladaptive pattern of substance use. This pattern causes significant impairment or distress. This pattern involves tolerance, withdrawal, substance taken in larger amounts than intended, unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop use, excessive time spent to obtain and use the substance, important other activities are given up or reduced due to substance use (including failure to meet major obligations at work, school, or home), recurring use in situations in which it is physically hazardous, continued use despite knowledge of physical or psychological problems due to the substance use (including recurring social or interpersonal problems related to use), and persistent craving for the substance in its absence.

Treatments Available:

Comprehensive evaluations (following ASAM placement criteria) and a spectrum of individualized treatments are available for Veterans with Substance use Disorders, including the following:

• Individual and group outpatient treatment (at WRJ VAMC, FEA and Bennington CBOCs)
• Opioid agonist treatment with Suboxone (at WRJ VAMC and FEA CBOC)
• Residential Treatment (at the WRJ Residential Treatment Center, a six week program offering multidisciplinary treatment substance use disorders and co-occurring mental illness)
• Medical treatment for acute withdrawal syndromes from alcohol, sedative/hypnotics, and opiates at WRJ VAMC
• Integrated services with the homeless program providing grant and per diem housing in sober shelters, sober supported group housing, and residential treatment programs

How to Access Services

How to access Services:

• Walk-in access Monday mornings: register for SATS intake at Desk 60, Building 8, by 9:30 am
• Request medical treatment for substance withdrawal through the Emergency Department, Primary Care, or the Primary Mental Health Clinic (PMHC)
• Contact Linda Stone for information regarding the Residential Treatment Center at 802-295-9363 ext. 6172.
• Contact Linda Eastman for information regarding outpatient treatment options at 802-295-9363 ext. 6171.
• Contact Lyressa Chien for information regarding evaluation and outpatient treatment at the FEA CBOC at 802-295-9363 ext. 6757.
• Contact Deirdre D’Aquila for information regarding evaluation and outpatient treatment at the Bennington CBOC 802-447-6913 ext. 6852.