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Cincinnati VA Medical Center


Substance Dependence Program Division

Mental Health Care Line (MHCL)
Cincinnati VA Medical Center


MHCL Director: Peter Kotcher, M.D.
MHCL Associate Director: Tamara Campbell, M.D., Psy.D.
MHCL Quality Assurance Director: Juris Mesinskis, Ph.D.
MHCL Administrative Officer: Paul Stryzcek

Substance Dependence Program (SUDEP) Division

Acting Division Director: Shannon Miller, M.D.

Location: 3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm unless otherwise indicated

Detoxification Programs

The Outpatient Substance Dependence Evaluation Clinic (OSDEC) and the Inpatient Medically Managed Detoxification Service are available for all categories of drugs of abuse, including alcohol, cocaine, and opiates.

Outpatient Detoxification Service: Veterans are evaluated by one of the SUDEP physicians or advanced practice nurses and are seen daily as outpatients until detoxification is complete.

Inpatient Detoxification Service: Using standard criteria, Veterans are evaluated for inpatient detoxification by the SUDEP physicians or advanced practice nurses. If eligible, Veterans are admitted to a medically managed detoxification unit located in an acute medical unit at the VAMC. Available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Rehabilitation Programs

The SUDEP rehabilitation program provides treatment in both residential and outpatient settings. Evidence-based treatment modalities are selected to meet individual Veteran needs identified during the assessment process, with the Veteran provided the least restrictive level of care for the severity of the addiction.

Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP): The Residential Program (8S) has 17 beds and is approximately 3 weeks in length. To be eligible, Veterans must be medically and psychiatrically stable to participate in intensive, day-long group and individual treatment. The program utilizes a highly structured treatment approach with an emphasis on group interventions. For information, please call (513) 475-6353. Available 24/7

Outpatient Rehabilitation Treatment Program: The outpatient program consists of a variety of educational classes and evidence-based addiction treatment approaches to assist Veterans in recovery from drug and/or alcohol abuse. Specialized groups focused on anger management, grief and loss, mindfulness-based relapse prevention, yoga, or recovery is offered at various times during the day and evening.

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm with various am/pm openings.


Substance Abuse/Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (SA/PTSD) Program

The SA/PTSD program provides services to Veterans with both substance abuse and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Utilizing the evidence-based Seeking Safety model, the SA/PTSD program offers structured group therapy. Motivational Interviewing and limited individual therapy are also available. For information, please call (513) 475-6402.

Intensive Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program

The Intensive Dual Diagnosis Treatment program provides outpatient services to Veterans who suffer from co-occurring substance use and serious psychiatric disorders. Group and individual therapy are provided, including insight-oriented therapy, supportive therapy, skill-building, and trauma work. Particular focus is on a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment. Walk-in screenings for program admissions are conducted on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. The program contact number is (513) 475-6402.

Tobacco Treatment Center

Hours: 7:30 am – 4 pm

All Veterans referred to the tobacco treatment center receive a comprehensive individualized assessment, which includes a clinical interview, CO monitoring, and a blood pressure screening. Tobacco treatment intervention options include medications, classes, and individual counseling. Tobacco treatment classes occur at different times during the day and evening at the main hospital and CBOCs. For information, please call (513) 861-3100, ext. 4827.

Opiate Substitution Program (OSP)

The OSP is for Veterans who are unable to remain opiate-free through other abstinence-based programs. Methadone, an approved long-acting opiate, is used in combination with treatment support services to stop Veterans from abusing opiates and build a recovery lifestyle. The treatment resources available through the program, including counseling, case management, and group therapy, help Veterans connect in treatment and address any other drugs of abuse. The program contact number is (513) 861-3100, ext. 6402.

Buprenorphine Treatment Clinic (BTC)

Suboxone (Buprenorphine) contains a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Suboxone is an opioid medication that reduces opiate withdrawal symptoms and eliminates cravings for opiates. The BTC program combines medication and individual and group therapy to help Veterans make drug-free and alcohol-free choices.

For more information about services in the Substance Dependence Program (SUDEP) Division, please contact us at (513) 475-6353.


Contact Info


  • 3200 Vine Street
    Cincinnati, OH 45220

Contact Number(s)

  • 513-475-6353

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm unless otherwise indicated