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Coming Home from Afghanistan with PTSD

Coming Home from Afghanistan with PTSDLiving with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be uncomfortable and may lead one to do things that are out of character, such as turning to drugs or alcohol. An effective way to avoid developing a drug or alcohol abuse problem is to heal the PTSD through a medically supervised plan of treatment and medication. Many veterans returning home from Afghanistan who suffer from PTSD turn to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate their PTSD, but substance abuse may actually intensify the effects of PTSD. If you have begun abusing drugs or alcohol in response to your PTSD, you may need to seek Dual Diagnosis treatment for your PTSD and substance abuse.

Substance Abuse Will Not Help Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Substance abuse can often cause mental disorders like PTSD to become worse. You may feel a small amount of short-term relief while you are actively abusing drugs or alcohol, but this is not a lasting solution to PTSD. When the effects of the drugs or alcohol wear off, the symptoms of PTSD will return and may even become stronger as your substance abuse continues. When veterans who suffer from PTSD abuse drugs or alcohol, they are often sacrificing long-term recovery for a temporary solution.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment for PTSD and Addiction

Dual Diagnosis treatment can be an effective form of rehabilitation that treats both the substance addiction and the mental disorders you may be suffering from, including PTSD. During Dual Diagnosis treatment, veterans can learn about their addiction and how it could interact with any PTSD they may have developed in Afghanistan. Addiction and PTSD can often create a cycle that continues to make PTSD symptoms worse as long as one is abusing drugs or alcohol. Through Dual Diagnosis treatment, however, you can find lasting recovery from your addiction and learn new ways to minimize your PTSD symptoms.

PTSD Treatment for Veterans Returning from Afghanistan

If you or someone you love is suffering from PTSD after coming home from serving in Afghanistan, please call our toll-free helpline now. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have about PTSD, addiction and Dual Diagnosis treatment. Living with PTSD and addiction can be challenging and dangerous, but we can help you find lasting recovery. Please call now.