ABCT - Military Families

Service members, veterans, and their families face unique challenges at home after deployment.  Alcohol, feeling down, pain, trauma, isolation, and anger can get in the way of creating a “new normal” for service members and their families after war.  Researchers have adapted the Alcohol Behavioral Couple Therapy (ABCT) model to create a unique program for military families.  This program addresses stigma, effects of deployment, PTSD, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, and painkiller abuse.

We offer confidential, free assessment and treatment of drinking and related issues, in outpatient sessions.  Learn skills to reduce drinking, resolve challenges, and improve your relationships.

To be eligible to participate in this study, individuals should meet the following requirements:

  • 18 or older
  • Have a drinking habit you want to change
  • Served or serving in the U.S. Military (any branch)
  • Have a spouse, partner, girlfriend/boyfriend, parent, step-parent, sibling, cousin, aunt, uncle, grandparent, adult child or trusted friend who is willing to attend sessions with you.

What we offer, at no cost to you:

  • A confidential assessment session
  • 15 weekly sessions
  • Payment for participation in the intake and follow up

For more information about the program, call the University of Massachusetts Medical School at (855) 901-ABCT or visit our website: