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Veterans and Service Members – Provider Resources

Provider information on managing pain and/or OUD in veteran and service member populations.

Pain Management

Pain Management for Veterans

  • Access information on chronic pain, self-management, medical treatments, and complementary treatments

Pain Management and Mental Health

Suicide and Patients with Chronic Pain

  • Access this 4-page handout to better understand suicide risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors among patients being treated for chronic pain, in addition to strategies for working with patients to reduce suicide risk and steps to take if you suspect your patient is suicidal.

The Experience of Chronic Pain and PTSD: A Guide for Health Care Providers

  • Designed for healthcare providers, this guide contains information on evaluating chronic pain, the physical and psychological experience of pain, intersection of PTSD and chronic pain as well as how to treat patients with chronic pain and PTSD.

Management of Opioid Use Disorder in Veterans and Service Members

 

Clinician’s Guide: Identifying and Managing OUD Among Veterans and Service Members

  • Use this guide to help with identifying veterans with an OUD, determining severity, treatment options, and disposal resources.

Locate Treatment Services & Programs for Veterans and Service Members

 

Making Connections

  • Access resources for veterans tailored by service and mental health needs.

VA Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Program

  • Locate specialized SUD programs by state.

Coaching Into Care

  • National VA telephone service aims to educate, support, and empower family members and friends who are seeking services for a Veteran.

Veterans Crisis Line

Unsure Where to Begin?

National Resource Directory (NRD)

  • Provides links to services and resources that support Service members, Veterans, families, and caregivers ranging from health to employment to housing, etc.

For general, non-veteran treatment services, visit the Linkages to Services section of this toolkit. 

 

VA Research on Pain Management

 

Current VA Research on Pain Management

  • Access information on new, ongoing, and published research as well as major accomplishments in VA research.
  • General non-veteran treatment services/program

For more information on veterans and service members, tailored toward patients and families: