PTSD Substance Abuse Treatment Veterans Only Some veterans try to cope with PTSD symptoms by drinking heavily, using drugs, or smoking too much. Veterans who have problems with drugs or alcohol are also more likely to develop PTSD. The good news is that treatment works, and therapy can target both problems at the same time.
The relationship between PTSD and addiction is clear. According to the VA, more than one in five veterans with PTSD have a substance use disorder and one out of three veterans who seek addiction treatment has PTSD.
People who have problems with drugs or alcohol are also more likely to develop PTSD. The good news is that treatment works, and therapy can target both problems at the same time. “We have found that both posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use can be treated concurrently [meaning, at the same time].
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