Addiction Resources in Washington State – Understanding the Connection Between Veterans, Alcoholism, and PTSD
While those in the military perform a great service to this country while they are active, they are often forgotten about once they leave active duty and return to normal civilian life. The transition back to civilian life can be difficult enough on its own but on top of that, many returning from active duty are also suffering from PTSD as a result of what they saw and did while serving. There is a clear connection between PTSD and substance abuse in veterans.
Many who are suffering from PTSD when they return don’t have a support system to return to or are scared or ashamed of what they did/witnessed. Many are hesitant to talk about it. This leads many to turn to substances, such as alcohol, as a way to self-medicate and numb the pain associated with PTSD. They may try to forget about what they saw and did. In order to help those that are suffering from PTSD and substance abuse, it’s important to understand the connection between PTSD and substance abuse in veterans.
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