Can PTSD Cause Addiction? Here is the story of my journey from PTSD to self-medication, addiction, and then to recovery. Thank you for this opportunity to share how my Savior, Jesus Christ, has saved me. My journey to God was not what I thought it might be, but I realize it was what God planned for the best.
When I joined the Army, I was married for 10 years, with 2 children. I fought for 2 years in Iraq. When I came home from the Middle East, I knew things weren’t right with me. Adjusting to civilian life was beyond difficult, and I couldn’t keep a job. I found myself at the VA hospital with many others, diagnosed with PTSD and TBI, from the combat in Iraq. On top of fighting terrorists, I was picked-on and hazed by my men in my own unit. Trying to deal with all of this led me to self-medicate first, with alcohol but then into drugs and pornography. I slept very little because I dreaded the nightmares, so I stayed awake and numb.
It didn’t take long for the police to be called after one of my many drug-filled nights, and I found myself with a 2-year prison sentence.
I cannot say that when I am released from prison, that God will restore my life…but do you want to know why? Because He already has! Once I truly asked God to help me, I also realized that I would need to give Him full authority over my life. And because I did just that, God has so richly blessed me on the inside, and I hold only the greatest of expectations for the future.
I have 45 days left of my sentence, and because of the RUInside program, I will know how to lead a righteous life. I will have a “success team” when I am released—a new church, a mentor, and friends who all want to live for the Lord.
Romans 8:28 has been proven in my life, and I thank Him for working all things for good in my life.
It is now about God’s Will, His way, and His timing. Amen
Can PTSD Cause addiction?
Yes. Here are some more resources that can help those who are struggling with PTSD.
Overcoming Self-Medicating and Addiction
Do Faith-Based Addiction Recovery Programs Work?