For many individuals who suffer from PTSD, drugs or alcohol can become a crutch. Since many who experience PTSD do not come forward for treatment, they often end up self-medicating with substances to dull the intense and uncomfortable feelings associated with the disorder. For example, PTSD sufferers who have trouble sleeping may become addicted to sleep aids in order to get a restful night’s sleep.
Much like using drugs or alcohol to fix anything, it doesn’t quite work, and the substance ends up only aggravating the symptoms of PTSD. In most cases, alcohol addiction with PTSD leads to intense feelings of depression, anger, isolation, and more. At this point, individuals may turn to harder drugs or more intense binges to get the same results, which leads to a serious addiction issue that requires alcohol or drug treatment programs.