Coping with PTSD: Veterans and Drug Use

Why Are More and More Veterans Turning to Drugs to Combat Their PTSD?

It’s no secret that an increasing number of American veterans are battling drug and alcohol disorders that stem from efforts to cope with PTSD. Thoughts of past war battles, suffering, death and losing fellow soldiers create a dangerous hurricane in the minds of veterans, so it is no surprise that many choose to self-medicate. This can be especially true if they face the stigma or judgment of others when trying to ask for help.  This is not a battle to be fought alone.

If you or someone you love is in need of support, reach out to our team and start to heal now. 

Why Would a Veteran Turn to Drugs?

Because of the symptoms of PTSD, the desire to escape, to rest, or to quiet the brain can be screamingly prevalent.  This might make the idea of drug use appealing to even the strongest of soldiers. 

Some of the PTSD symptoms that may be present are:

  • Insomnia
  • Hopelessness
  • Aggression
  • Distractedness
  • Inability to maintain relationships
  • Distancing oneself
  • Flashbacks
  • Self-destructive Behavior

With this in mind, if a person who suffers from PTSD does not get professional help, he or she might self-medicate by way of drug use.  Even with the help of medical professionals, drug use may become a problem due to the effects of, or addictions to, prescribed medications. Once this cycle begins, drug dependency could ensue.  It is critical to find appropriate and dedicated help from those who know how to face both the cause and effect of the drug abuse. 

Addiction Programs in Cumming & Peachtree City: We Are Here to Help

The Carter Treatment Center is a drug and alcohol treatment center, with locations in Cumming and Peachtree City, that strives to aid in recovery for every facet of addiction. If you are a veteran who needs help or you know someone who does, reach out to talk with a team member now.  It is never too late to start recovery.

Call (678) 737-4430 today to take the first step.

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